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NBA: Wolves assign Tyus Jones to NBA Development League

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves assigned rookie guard Tyus Jones to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League Saturday. Jones has appeared in two games with the Wolves this season, playing a total of 14 minutes. "Going to Idaho wi...

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves assigned rookie guard Tyus Jones to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League Saturday.

Jones has appeared in two games with the Wolves this season, playing a total of 14 minutes.

"Going to Idaho will allow Tyus to get some game experience at the professional level," Wolves general manager Milt Newton said in a news release. "With our depth at point guard, we haven't been able to get Tyus the playing time that he needs. Tyus has a great future in the NBA and this assignment will help the development of his game."

Jones, originally selected with the 24th overall pick, was acquired by the Wolves in a draft-day trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals last season at Duke, leading the Blue Devils to the National Championship.

In the NCAA Tournament, Jones averaged 13.0 points and 4.5 assists and was named the Most Outstanding Player. He scored a game-high 23 points in the title game against Wisconsin, including two key three-pointers in the closing minutes.

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The Apple Valley native was a three-time Minnesota High School Player of the Year and led Apple Valley to the 2013 Minnesota State High School League Class 4A championship.

Idaho, the D-League affiliate for the Utah Jazz, is 3-7 this season and in fourth place in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The Stampede's next game is Dec. 6 at the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in Hidalgo, Texas.

The Idaho Stampede website is idaho.dleague.nba.com.

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