Timberwolves exercise contract options on Anthony Bennett, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad
The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that they've exercised the third-year contract options on forward Anthony Bennett, center Gorgui Dieng and forward Shabazz Muhammad.
It is no surprise that the Wolves did this. All three players are still developing their skills and are worth keeping around, for now.
Bennett, obtained in a trade from Cleveland on Aug. 23, played in 52 games for the Cavs in 2013-14, averaging just 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game. He posted two double-doubles on the season, tallying a career-high 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench Feb. 11 vs. Sacramento and scoring 10 points and grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds off the bench Feb. 18 at Philadelphia. Considering he was drafted first overall, Bennett was considered a big disappointment in Cleveland. Though, of course, one could also say this was the fault of the Cavs for drafting him so high.
Dieng played in 60 games last season, including 33 of the final 35. He averaged 4.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game, and started 15 of the final 18 contests, averaging 12.0 points and 11.3 while collecting nine double-doubles. Dieng closed his rookie NBA campaign by being named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March.
Muhammad finished his rookie NBA season by appearing in 37 games for the Wolves, all off the bench, and averaged 3.9 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game. He tallied a season-high 20 points Feb. 25 at Phoenix, one of four double-digit nights on the season.