Timberwolves' D-League team holding open tryout at Target Center tomorrow

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That's because the Timberwolves' likely Developmental League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, is hosting an open tryout at the Target Center tomorrow morning.

Mad Ants spokesperson Kevin Bloom tells us he hopes the tryout, which is the first the team has held in Minneapolis, will be "the start to a great relationship."

Last year, two players who took part in a Mad Ants-organized tryout in Fort Wayne ended up on the team's training camp roster, with one of them making the squad and sticking around for about half the season before being released.

Bloom says the team "is definitely hoping we get one or two guys" in Minneapolis.

The tryout isn't free, however. Those who want to take their shot at a D-League roster spot have to pay $200 to the Mad Ants for the opportunity. Registration begins at 7 a.m. tomorrow at the Timberwolves' Target Center practice facility, with the tryout to follow at 8. It should be wrapped up by noon or so. (For more information about the tryout, click here.)

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The Mad Ants are the only independent team out of the 18 in the D-League. The 17 others are either owned by NBA teams or have exclusive relationships with one of them, meaning the Wolves will likely share the Mad Ants will 12 other squads.

We say "likely share" rather than "will share" because the Wolves haven't confirmed that the Mad Ants will be their affiliate for the 2014-15 season.

We asked Timberwolves spokesman Brad Ruiter if he could confirm the team's relationship with Fort Wayne.

"We haven't officially announced anything yet, please stay tuned for an announcement soon," he wrote back to us in an email.

But Bloom says he fully expects the Mad Ants to be the Wolves' affiliate.

"I don't want to say 'officially,' but what we heard is that unless the Wolves were to make their own team before the start of the season, we will be working with them," he says.

One way or the other, the D-League is as close to the NBA as you can get without actually being in the league, and a good tryout Saturday means you'll have a chance, even if it's slim, of getting there.

But don't expect to get rich in the process. Bloom tells us entry-level D-Leaguers make about $15,000-$17,000 over the course of the six-month season.

h/t -- Nick Halter

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.





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17 comments
Jason McCain
Jason McCain

I had a roommate from there back in the 90's and he said it was not a nice place to live. But true that your money would go far there.

Al Kruse
Al Kruse

Jimmy Heryla swackin on em

Tyler Chip Moody Suter
Tyler Chip Moody Suter

You have to live in Fort Wayne, IN? You'll be able to save money, because there's not much to do in Fort Wayne.

trashbagMcGuire
trashbagMcGuire

@atrupar awesome, do you think they have any use for a 36 year old 6 foot small forward, I can do the Dream Shake!

ptholtz
ptholtz

@JamesdKong @sundanquist let's hit the tryout on the way to the wedding. I can knock down the mid-range j while in a suit, I guarantee it.

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