San Antonio Spurs defeat Minnesota Timberwolves, 117-99

SAN ANTONIO - The Timberwolves sent away never-used backup point guard Jason Hart to Phoenix on Tuesday in yet another deal all about acquiring an "asset."

In this case, it was a 2010 second-round pick obtained along with unproven forward Alando Tucker and cash to pay for Tucker's salary the rest of this season.

"When you have an opportunity to acquire a pick basically for free, it's hard not to do," Wolves basketball boss David Kahn said before Tuesday's game agains...

SAN ANTONIO - Now all the Timberwolves must do with that second-round pick they acquired before Tuesday's 117-99 loss at San Antonio is find a guy like Manu Ginobili.

The Spurs drafted Ginobili 57th overall in the 1999 draft, well after such now-forgotten names as William Avery, Quincy Lewis and Trajan Langdon were selected.

A decade later -- after persevering through a list of maladies that include ankle, hamstring, groin injuries and a bat bite on Halloween night t...