After bringing back free agent Malik Beasley, the Minnesota Timberwolves will do the same with forward Juan Hernangomez. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that he is finalizing a three year, $21 million deal to re-sign with the team, and Jon Krawczynski adds that the third year is a team option.
The 25-year old was selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, and has emerged as a solid offensive contributor since his early playing years. After getting traded to the Timberwolves in 2019, he stepped up this season: averaging a career-high 12.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, shooting 42% from the three.
Rubio told The Athletic that he’s ready to help lead the team’s young roster:
“It started to really make more sense for me to really connect the puzzle and get to Minnesota and help a young team with a lot of talent and already have done really good things,” Rubio said. “I feel like I can fit in the puzzle.”