|Timberwolves, F Ryan Gomes agree on 5-year deal|
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|Monday, 28 July 2008 13:09|
Gomes was one of five players acquired by the Wolves last summer in the big trade with Boston for Kevin Garnett. Gomes played in all 82 games, 74 as a starter, and averaged a career-best 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.
The deal was agreed upon Friday, agent Bob Myers said. Gomes was expected to sign the contract on Tuesday.
``He's excited and happy to be back and looking forward to starting with a lot of the new faces they have,'' Myers said.
The Timberwolves, who went 22-60 last season, have 14 players under contract plus restricted free agent forward Chris Richard. Only five of those players are older than 25, and Gomes - who turns 26 on Sept. 1 - is the oldest member of the young core.
``I think that around the organization there's a lot of optimism, and I think he feels the same way,'' Myers said.
Myers declined to divulge financial terms of the deal, but said it includes a player option for the fifth year.
Gomes and Timberwolves vice president Kevin McHale were scheduled to discuss the contract Tuesday during a news conference at a Minneapolis community center, where he recently donated an automated external defibrillator.
Gomes is active in charity work in Minnesota and Connecticut, his home state, and has become a strong supporter of portable defibrillation devices, which are used to restore normal heart rhythm to a person in cardiac arrest.