Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng finalize contracts with Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Saturday night they’ve finalized contracts with first-round draft picks Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng.
Both rookies, who made their debuts in the Timberwolves’ NBA Summer League-opening loss Saturday, ended up in Minneapolis via a draft-and-trade deal with Utah. The Jazz selected Muhammad 14th overall and Dieng 21st, then traded both to Minnesota for No. 9 pick Trey Burke.
The Timberwolves don’t disclose contract details, but the league’s rookie pay scale dictates Muhammad will make somewhere around $1.5 million next year, and Dieng’s in line for about $1.1 million. They were allowed to sign for up to 120 percent of those amounts or as low as 80 percent.
Both NBA-stipulated contract lengths are for four years, with the third and fourth seasons slotted as team options.
Drafted mostly upon his merits as an all-around scorer, Muhammad led UCLA in scoring during his lone season there with 17.9 points per game. Dieng helped Louisville to a national championship with 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, solidifying his billing as the rim protector Minnesota hoped to obtain through the draft.
In an 83-81 to the NBA D-League Select team Saturday, Muhammad scored seven points and went 3-for-7 from the field. Dieng totaled four points, four rebounds and two blocks.
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