On Monday afternoon the Minnesota Timberwolves announced that they’ve exercised the third year option on former Louisville center Gorgui Dieng’s contract.
Dieng was selected 21st overall by Minnesota in the 2013 season and had a very solid rookie season. He played in 33 of the team’s final 35 games in this past season and appeared in a total of 60 games. Dieng averaged five points, five rebounds in 14 minutes per game over the course of the season.
It was in the second half of the season where Dieng really came on. The former Cardinal was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month in March. Dieng started 15 of the final 18 games, averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds. He also had nine double-double’s in that span.
Dieng will receive $1.4 million before the 2014-15 season. His salary jumps to $2.3 million in 2016. Dieng’s initial rookie deal includes a qualifying option for a fourth year at $3.3 million.