Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Zach LaVine (UCLA) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number thirteen overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves sign first-round pick Zach LaVine


The Minnesota Timberwolves have officially signed 2014 first-round pick Zach LaVine.

Selected 13th overall, LaVine, if signed to a deal worth 120% of the rookie scale, will earn $2.055 million during his rookie season. As most rookie deals, LaVine’s contract will span over the course of five years, with the ability to negotiate a rookie extension following the third season.

Labeled as a combo guard coming out of college, LaVine’s athleticism caused many to turn heads as he razzled and dazzled in NBA Draft workouts. But outside of his athleticism, LaVine’s game is full of skills that will need sharpening come time to play in the NBA. In a draft interview, LaVine compared himself to Russell Westbrook, a player who converted to point guard once he entered the NBA. While many critiques still take jabs at Westbrook because he isn’t a “true point guard”, LaVine following that route as a NBA player would be perfect for Minnesota.

For the Wolves, the franchise has possibly stumbled upon their shooting guard of the future. And with the ability to run point guard, Zach could play spot minutes behind Ricky Rubio in the rotation early on. LaVine also stands as Ricky Rubio insurance if the Spanish point guard and the Timberwolves can’t come to agreement on an extension.

In one season at UCLA, LaVine averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.

The combo guard is expected to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Samsung NBA Summer League tournament in Las Vegas.


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