MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Tuesday they’ve traded guards Mo Williams and Troy Daniels to the Charlotte Hornets for guard Gary Neal and a 2019 second-round pick. They also announced the acquisition of a rookie from Atlanta.
In 41 games and 19 starts this season, Williams averaged 12.2 points and 64 assists per game after signing with the Timberwolves as a free agent last summer. Daniels appeared in 19 games after being acquired by the Timberwolves on Dec. 23, 2014, and averaged 2.8 points per game in less than seven minutes per contest.
The draft pick the Timberwolves got in Tuesday’s trade was originally from the Miami Heat in last year’s draft.
Neal is in his fifth season in the NBA and is averaging 9.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21.5 minutes per game.
Early Tuesday afternoon, the Timberwolves also announced that they acquired Atlanta Hawks rookie Adreian Payne for a protected future first-round draft pick.
The two teams finished the deal on Tuesday, one day after the Hawks beat the Timberwolves in Minnesota. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
Payne was a first-round draft pick of the Hawks last summer. But he has played in only three games this season because the veteran team has surged to the top of the standings and has not been able to offer him enough playing time.
The Timberwolves have a trade exception from the Kevin Love deal, so they do not have to send a player back in return. The Wolves worked out Payne before the draft.
(TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)