Timberwolves Secure Future With Anthony Edwards' 5-Year, $260 Million Extension

Photo: Instagram/Anthony Edwards

According to multiple reports, the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension with their rising star, Anthony Edwards.

The deal, which has the potential to be worth $260 million, ensures that the young swingman remains a key part of the team's future. Edwards, the former No. 1 overall pick, showcased his explosive scoring ability during the 2023 playoffs, averaging an impressive 31.6 points per game for the Timberwolves.

In the 2022-23 season, Edwards made his All-Star debut, displaying his skills as a dynamic finisher. He contributed an average of 24.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. Particularly noteworthy was his performance in the playoffs against the eventual champions, the Denver Nuggets.

Photo: Instagram/Anthony Edwards

Despite Minnesota's first-round exit, Edwards continued to shine, averaging 31.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.8 steals per game during the series. Edwards' statistical growth throughout his career is evident, as he has improved his scoring, rebounding, and assist numbers each season.

In fact, during the previous season, only nine players in the league matched his averages in points, rebounds, and assists per game. Remarkably, Edwards, at the age of 21, became the youngest player since LeBron James in 2005-06 to achieve such statistics, when accounting for steals per game as well.

With Edwards now locked in with the Timberwolves, the team solidifies its core alongside All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns and former All-Star Rudy Gobert, both of whom are under long-term contracts.

Minnesota's commitment to retaining its young talent extends beyond Edwards, as they also secured the services of center Naz Reid, who signed a three-year deal worth up to $42 million earlier in the summer.

Reid has emerged as a valuable backup option for Towns and Gobert since joining the team on a two-way contract in 2019. Furthermore, the Timberwolves may consider offering an extension to defensive-minded forward Jaden McDaniels, their 2020 No. 28 draft pick from the same class as Edwards.

McDaniels currently has a team option for the 2023-24 season and the following year, presenting an opportunity for Minnesota to maintain its young core for the foreseeable future.

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Source: NBA


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