Dec 14, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Austin Rivers (25) drives past Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Josh Howard (5) during the second quarter of a game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Howard would like to return to Minnesota next season


Josh Howard only played 11 games for the Timberwolves this season, but he felt at home in his short time in Minnesota.

Howard, who underwent surgery to repair his ACL two weeks ago, is recovering well and plans to return next season.

If it were up to Howard, he would return to Minnesota.

“I really enjoyed my time in Minnesota and would love to go back next season if given the chance,” Howard said on his website.

Howard had nothing but respect to say about the franchise, coach Rick Adelman, the players and its fan base. He also spoke about how he mentored forward Derrick Williams, who had a hard time understanding why he wasn’t playing.

The Timberwolves brought in Howard in November, after Chase Budinger tore the meniscus in his left knee. Howard was released in late December when it was revealed he had torn his ACL.

In Howard’s short time in Minnesota, he averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds, emerging as a valuable defender on the perimeter against bigger guards and small forwards.

You can read his full comments here.

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