The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Monday night that they’ve re-signed big man Gorgui Dieng to a deal reportedly worth $64 million over four seasons.
Dieng, 26, was drafted 21st overall in 2013.
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Through two games so far this season, Dieng is putting up averages of 13 points, 13.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 blocks.
Dieng, 26, has emerged as part of Minnesota’s young core alongside Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach LaVine.
The Timberwolves’ front office has had ongoing discussions with Dieng’s agent, Makhtar Ndiaye, over the past month but began to seriously exchange proposals in recent weeks. Both sides are meeting Monday in Minneapolis, sources said.
Dieng has developed into a skilled and reliable presence on both ends of the floor, with an improving midrange jump shot and strong rebounding instincts. For Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau, Dieng’s progress could lead him to become a fourth option on a roster that will need to retain Wiggins, LaVine and Towns in the years to come.