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Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards has agreed to a five-year nomination maximum deal worth up to $260 million, agent Bill Duffy and WME’s Joe Branch said Monday on ESPN. told Adrian Wojnarowski.
Edwards, the No. 1 overall pick in 2020, averaged career bests of 24.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game last season while making his first All-Star appearance.
He becomes the fourth player in the 2020 class to sign an extension of up to five years, joining Tyrese Haliburton, LaMelo Ball and Desmond Bain.
Edwards, who turns 22 in August, made the playoffs last season despite the Timberwolves’ first-round loss to the reigning champions Denver Nuggets, averaging 31.6 points per game for a total of 158 points in the series. . LeBron James was the only player younger than Edwards to score so many points in five playoff games, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
At 6-foot-4 and weighing 225 pounds, Edwards is one of the league’s most explosive athletes and has already blossomed into a star in a three-year career. He has statistically improved in almost every category each season, including points scored, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, field goal percentage, and 3-point percentage.
He also made progress on the floor defensively, ranking third with 125 total steals. He was one of only three players (Dejounte Murray and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) to total 1,500 points and 100 steals or more.
Edwards played the second-most appearances of any player last season, missing just 13 games in three years in the NBA.
ESPN’s Tim McMahon contributed to this article.