REPORT: T’Wolves Exercise Third-Year Options for Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that they have exercised their third-year team options on guard Anthony Edward and forward Jaden McDaniels, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Both players were selected in the 2020 NBA Draft, with the highly-touted Edwards winding up as the first overall pick and McDaniels landing with Minnesota in the first round as well (28th overall).

After a slow start, the explosive Edwards turned in a spectacular rookie season, averaging 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He finished as a runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting to Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball.

McDaniels, a lanky, athletic and versatile player, demonstrated tremendous promise as a rookie and projects to be at least a nice role player for the Wolves going forward. He averaged 6.8 points per game off the bench last season, and got better as his role and minutes on the team grew.