Jefferson and the Magic agreed to a two-way contract on Friday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. Jefferson, who went undrafted out of Duke in 2017, spent all of last season in the G-League with the Timberwolves' affiliate, the Iowa Wolves. There, he earned All G-League 2nd Team honors by averaging 17.8 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 62.3 percent from the field. In signing a two-way contract, he'll once again spend the majority of the season in the G-League, but can be at the NBA level for up to 45 days.
Jefferson accumulated six points (3-8 FG, 0-2 FT), 15 rebounds and two assists across 29 minutes during Wednesday's 64-59 summer league loss to the Pistons. Jefferson led the Timberwolves in rebounding Wednesday, which included four boards on the offensive end. He was a staple for Minnesota's G-League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves, last season, starting in 46 of his 47 appearances and averaging 17.8 points and 12.8 rebounds while shooting 62.3 percent from the field.
Jefferson posted five points (2-7 FG, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, four blocks, an assist and a steal across 23 minutes in Monday's 78-68 win over the Nets in a Vegas Summer League contest. After averaging a double-double over the first two Summer League games, Jefferson took a step back in the scoring department in what was a bit of a messy game for both teams. The former Duke standout went undrafted in 2017 but played well in the G-League last season, which earned him a roster spot at the end of the Wolves' 2017 campaign. The 6-9 forward could be one to watch as training camp progresses, as he has the goods to make jump from the G-League if the opportunity presents itself.
Jefferson tallied 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-4 FT), 13 rebounds and one steal across 31 minutes during Sunday's 103-92 summer league win over the Raptors. Jefferson has now put together back-to-back double-doubles to start the Las Vegas Summer League and boasts averages of 13.5 points, 13.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal across 29.7 minutes. The 6-foot-9 forward has been a key contributor on the boards and if he continues to play this well, he could earn himself a longer look for a potential roster spot down the line.
Jefferson offered 12 points (6-10 FG, 0-4 FT), 14 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 28 minutes during the Timberwolves' 70-69 loss to the Nuggets in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Friday. The 2017 undrafted free agent made quite the impression Friday, pacing the Timberwolves first unit in scoring and the team in rebounds. Jefferson never saw playing time at the NBA level last season, but he brings a long frame to the power forward position. He'll look to make an impression during summer league play in the hopes of enjoying expanded opportunity this coming preseason.
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