By Jerry Zgoda
The headline about says it all: Rafael Araujo, the former lottery pick whom the Wolves signed as a free-agent center last month, was released today. That brings the team’s roster to 18 with five preseason games — including contests at Chicago and Toronto this week — remaining. The Wolves signing of David Harrison on Thursday pretty much told the writing on the wall for the Brazilian who was the eight player selected in the 2004 NBA draft.
Also on Sunday, Rashad McCants didn’t practice because he still had some fluid on the elbow he slightly hyperextended in Friday’s loss at Denver. Forward Craig Smith did. Randy Wittman called McCants’ condition”day-to-day” and said he wasn’t certain if McCants would play Tuesday in Chicago. Smith is expected to be ready after missing two games because his surgically repaired knee swelled on a flight to Montana.
Calvin Booth participated in a full practice, but David Harrison, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins remain out.