Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the hiring of two former NBA/WNBA players to the team’s basketball operations staff. Calvin Booth, an 11-year NBA veteran, joins the Wolves front office as Director of Player Programs and Scout while former WNBA player Kaayla Chones will serve as the team’s Manager of Team Operations.
In his role with the organization, Booth, 37, will cultivate one-on-one relationships with Wolves players, provide guidance to help them develop life skills, both professionally and socially, and assist in planning for life after basketball. Booth will also serve as a player personnel scout.
Booth enjoyed a 10-year NBA playing career (1999 – 2009) with the Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Seattle Sonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings. In 366 career games, 83 starts, the 6-11 forward/center averaged 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. Booth played in one game for the Wolves in the 2008-09 season after being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in the summer of 2008. Booth appeared in seven games for Sacramento in the 2008-09 season before retiring in the summer of 2009. He most recently served as a scout, both pro and collegiate, with the New Orleans Hornets last season.
As manager of team operations, Chones, 32, will handle the day-to-day activities of the basketball department, including serving as a liaison between the business department and basketball operations, carrying out NBA initiatives, and coordinating all individual business travel needs. She will also assist the players with personal, professional and social development and help new players and their families with relocation and integration to the community.
Chones, the daughter of former NBA player Jim Chones, spent three seasons (2004 – 2006) in the WNBA, playing for the Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm. In 28 career games she averaged 1.5 points and 0.8 rebounds. Chones has spent the last eight years playing professionally overseas in six different countries, including the 2012-13 season in Israel where she won a league championship with Elitzur Ramla.
During the summer, Chones has served as the director of programs for The Chones Camps for the last 11 years (2002 – 2013). The program offers basketball camps and literacy programs with the county libraries to children all over northeast Ohio.