Anthony Edwards Shines Despite Timberwolves Playoff Exit

ParallelDesk 01:36:42 PM, 27 April 2023

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The Minnesota Timberwolves were eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday night, losing 112-109 to the Denver Nuggets in Game 5. Despite the series loss, Anthony Edwards was able to shine and further establish himself as a franchise cornerstone. Edwards, who was selected with the first pick in the 2020 NBA draft, had a strong showing in the postseason, averaging 31.6 points per game, 5.0 rebounds per game, 5.2 assists per game, 1.8 steals per game, and 2.0 blocks per game. This performance likely ensured that Edwards will receive a max contract offer from the Timberwolves, who hold his rights until the end of the 2023-2024 season. Edwards currently has one year left on his four-year, $44.3 million rookie contract. The Timberwolves will have the ability to offer Edwards a five-year, $204 million contract this offseason, with the value rising to $244 million if he is named to any of the three All-NBA teams this season or next. Despite the positive development for the Timberwolves, there was some negative news surrounding Edwards after the game. The star player was cited for misdemeanor third-degree assault after he allegedly threw a chair that struck and injured two Denver Nuggets staff members. Edwards, who faces up to 18 months in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000 if convicted, is due to appear in court in June. The Timberwolves released a statement in response to the incident, saying they are "aware of the alleged incident...and are in the process of gathering more information." Regardless of the outcome of Edwards' legal situation, the Timberwolves can be optimistic about their future with the talented young player on their roster. Edwards' strong showing in the postseason indicates that he has the potential to be a cornerstone of the team for years to come.

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