Timberwolves exercise team options on Towns, Jones
NBA.com Global on Oct 16, 2017 07:53 AM
Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, left, eyes the basket as he drives around Dallas Mavericks' Harrison Barnes during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Minnesota Timberwolves press release
Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has exercised the fourth-year options on Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones.
Towns, 21, averaged 25.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season, starting all 82 games for the second consecutive year. The 7'0" forward/center set a franchise single-season scoring record with 2061 points while recording 1007 rebounds, becoming the youngest player in NBA history (15th overall and first since Tim Duncan in 2001-02) to collect 2000+ points and 1000+ rebounds in a season. In 2016-17 he ranked 12th in the NBA in scoring, 6th in rebounding, 12th in field goal accuracy (54.2%) and 19th in blocked shots (1.26 bpg). The Wolves selected Towns with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Jones, 21, posted averages of 3.5 points and 2.6 assists in 12.9 minutes per contest in 60 games last season, his second in the NBA. The Wolves originally acquired the draft rights to the 6'2" guard from the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 25, 2015.