Minneapolis • The Minnesota Timberwolves worked hard in the offseason to add talented veterans and make the roster deeper.
Kevin Love's broken right hand is about to put that depth to a serious test. The two-time All-Star will miss the next six to eight weeks after breaking his right hand in a workout.
During a Wednesday morning workout before practice, Love broke the third and fourth metacarpals on his shooting hand, the team said. It's a crushing blow to the Timberwolves, who already will be without star point guard Ricky Rubio for what is expected to be at least the first six weeks of the regular season while he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee.
Love averaged 26 points and 13.3 rebounds last year, leading the team in both categories and emerging as the best power forward in the game.
Around the Association
Kings • Sacramento exercised the 2013-14 contract options of center DeMarcus Cousins and guard Jimmer Fredette.
Fredette averaged 7.6 points per game as a rookie out of BYU last season.
Bucks • Rookie forward John Henson will be held out of practice for about two weeks after suffering a left knee sprain and bone bruise in Tuesday's preseason loss to Chicago.
Celtics • Boston signed combo guard Leandro Barbosa to a one-year contract, an NBA source told the Boston Globe. Barbosa played with Toronto and Indiana last season, averaging 11.1 points.