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Timberwolves Keep Johnson, Ellington, Hayward

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Wesley Johnson #4 of the Minnesota Timberwolves handles the ball during a game against the Houston Rockets on January 24, 2011 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (credit: David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wesley Johnson #4 of the Minnesota Timberwolves handles the ball during a game against the Houston Rockets on January 24, 2011 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (credit: David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have picked up contract options for swingman Wes Johnson, guard Wayne Ellington and forward Lazar Hayward.

The moves Wednesday include third-year options for Johnson and Hayward and the fourth year for Ellington.

Johnson averaged nine points, three rebounds and almost two assists as a rookie last year. The fourth overall pick set a franchise record for 3-pointers made by a rookie with 103. With the addition of forward Derrick Williams, Johnson is going to be counted on heavily at shooting guard.

Ellington was a first-round pick in 2009 and has been a versatile player off the bench in his first three seasons, while Hayward played sparingly as a rookie last year.

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