Time is short.

A.J. Price Othyus Jeffers Robbie Hummel and Lorenzo Brown essentially have at most two practices and Sunday's exhibition clash in Montreal -- if each is fortunate enough to see the floor -- to state their claims for making the Timberwolves' 15-man roster.

After that they're officially on the chopping block.

"I don't think it's anything specific" the team is looking for coach Rick Adelman said. "We just look at all the players that we have and see where are they gonna fit in?"

After the preseason game against Boston Minnesota will likely begin making cuts. It has until 4 p.m. Oct. 28 to shave the roster from its current population of 18 and Adelman would like to have decisions made by next week.

Right now one spot is open. That could double should the Timberwolves decide to eat center Chris Johnson's $916099 contract and release him; the big man has yet to play in four preseason games.

The front office also has its eyes peeled for potential trades or free-agent pickups.

"It's not just this group" Adelman said. "It's what else is going on around the league and how else can we improve our team."

But at least one training camp invitee is bound to stick around.

Each brings something a little different to the table. To varying degrees each has traversed some amount of adversity on his way to the cusp of a guaranteed contract.