Nowell agreed Tuesday with the Timberwolves on a contract that includes around $1.4 million guaranteed in 2019-20 followed by three years of team options, Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 Saint Paul reports. The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year slipped into the second round in the draft in June before the Timberwolves nabbed him with the 43rd overall pick. The Wolves weren't able to get a glimpse of Nowell in the Las Vegas Summer League while he dealt with a minor quadriceps injury, but the team's decision to sign him implies there's no concern about his availability for training camp. The 20-year-old isn't expected to capture a rotation role as a rookie and could move back and forth between the NBA and the G League on a regular basis.
Nowell (quadriceps) is listed as out for Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League matchup with the Hawks. A bruised right quad will push Nowell's summer league debut back another day, with the second-round pick's next chance to play coming Monday against the Bucks.
Nowell is out for Friday's Las Vegas Summer League game against the Cavaliers due to a right quad contusion. There's no indication the injury is serious, but there's no reason to risk Nowell's health considering it's an exhibition. His next chance to play arrives Sunday against the Hawks.
Nowell has been drafted by the Timberwolves with the 43rd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Nowell was named the 2018-19 Pac-12 Player of the Year. He averaged 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals across 34.4 minutes. He figures to be a good shooter at the NBA level considering he shot 51-of-116 (44.0 percent) last season with Washington.
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