Towns averaged 24.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists for the Timberwolves last season, shooting 49% from the field and 39% from 3 — a devastating package of talent and gifts, nearly unheard of in big men.
Former Knicks head coach David Fizdale has joined his hometown Los Angeles Lakers as the lead assistant coach on Frank Vogel's staff. The Lakers also hired John Lucas III as an assistant coach and named Roger Sancho their head athletic trainer Wednesday.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have filled out their roster by re-signing forward Jarred Vanderbilt and guard Jordan McLaughlin, both of whom were restricted free agents. The contracts were agreed to last week and finalized on Wednesday, with Vanderbilt getting a three-year, $18.3 million deal and McLaughlin getting a three-year deal worth about $6.5 million that comes with a team option for the third year. The 6-foot-9 Vanderbilt averaged 5.4 points on 60.6% shooting, 5.8 rebounds and 17.8 minutes in 64 games last season, his first full season with Minnesota.