03 July, 2023
Anthony Edwards, an All-Star guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves, has agreed to a five-year extension of his rookie maximum contract with a potential value of $260 million, according to ESPN’s report on Monday from Bill Duffy and Joe Branch of WME Sports.
In his third season, Edwards, the No. 1 overall choice in the 2020 NBA draft, averaged 24.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists, making him one of the league’s most dynamic and successful young players.
The Timberwolves’ cornerstone player, who will be 22 in August, is Edwards, on whom president of basketball operations Tim Connelly intends to base his team. Last year, Edwards played in his first All-Star Game and averaged 31.6 points per game in the Timberwolves’ playoff matchup with the Denver Nuggets, who went on to win the championship.
One Of The Greats
Before turning 22 years old, Anthony Edwards scored the fourth-most points in NBA history by a player.
7,067 LeBron James
5,967 for Kevin Durant
5.405 Carmelo Anthony
4,871 Anthony Edwards
According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Edwards is the first NBA player to have 1,500 points and 100 steals in each of the previous two seasons.
Edwards joins Tyrese Haliburton of Indiana, LaMelo Ball of Charlotte, and Desmond Bane of Memphis as the fourth member of his draft class to reach an agreement on a maximum contract extension. According to reports, Edwards, Haliburton, and Ball each have All-NBA escalator clauses that could increase their guaranteed $207 million contracts to $260 million.
As one of three clubs with three max contracts on the roster for 2024–25, Minnesota joins Denver and Phoenix.
In a statement, Edwards said, “I’m humbled, appreciative, and delighted to continue in Minnesota as part of this wonderful Timberwolves organization. The results of hard labor are truly astounding.
In a statement, Edwards also unveiled a brand-new program called “Don’t Follow The Wave,” which will use “my time, funds, and resources” to target underprivileged youngsters in the neighborhood.
“Don’t Follow The Wave” will collaborate with several NGOs in the area that support young people. Edwards will also lend his support to the African American Breast Cancer Alliance after losing both his mother and grandmother to cancer in 2015.