Wolves waive Atkins with camp a week away

Posted on September 22nd, 2009 – 3:57 PM
By Jerry Zgoda

Now that he has signed Ramon Sessions and Sasha Pavlovic, David Kahn is moving onto what last week called some “bookkeeping” matters with training camp scheduled to start a week from today in Mankato.

The Wolves on Tuesday waived veteran guard Chucky Atkins, agreeing to pay him the due $760,000 for a $3.48 million contract that was most non-guaranteed. That cost savings is why Kahn traded Etan Thomas and two future second-round picks to Oklahoma City in late July for Atkins and Damien Wilkins.

At the time, Kahn hinted that Atkins’ contract might soon be traded away for another piece of the proverbial puzzle. That never happened, and Tuesday they cashed in the $2.72 million savings themselves.

Also expect veteran center and former Timberwolf Mark Blount — and his $7.96 million expiring contract — to be waived in the next week.

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