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Timberwolves Sign Former No. 1 Pick

November 26, 1997

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Tom Hammonds, who was the ninth overall pick in 1989 but was out of a job at the start of this NBA season, signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

Hammonds, a 6-foot-9 forward, spent the last four seasons with the Denver Nuggets, who waived him Sept. 5. He averaged six points and five rebounds with the Nuggets last season.

To make room for Hammonds, the Wolves released forward Clifford Rozier.

Washington used the ninth pick in the ’89 draft to take Hammonds out of Georgia Tech. He played three seasons there before Washington traded him to Charlotte for Rex Chapman.

The Hornets waived Hammonds a year later and he caught on with Denver, where he played 296 games over the last four seasons. Hammonds is expected to be in uniform when the Wolves play host to Portland on Wednesday night.

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