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Glen Taylor: Wolves Will Exercise Derrick Williams' 2014-2015 Option

Created: 10/22/2013 2:54 PM KSTP.com
By: Darren Wolfson

Derrick Williams' $6.3 million option for 2014-15 will be exercised, Wolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed to KSTP's Darren Wolfson.

Williams' future with the Minnesota Timberwolves has been a lingering storyline throughout the preseason. For now, at least one question surrounding Williams has been answered.

The former 2011 No. 2 overall draft pick is on tap to make just more than $5 million this season. His seven-figure raise next year will put the Wolves very close to the league's luxury tax.

After two inconsistent seasons, Williams is still searching for a role in coach Rick Adelman's system entering his critical third year with the Wolves.

Plugged in at power forward after Kevin Love was lost for the second half of last season, Williams showed the signs of potential that had NBA scouts impressed when Williams came out of the University of Arizona. In his past 46 starts, he averaged 14 points (43.3 percent shooting), 6.3 rebounds and shot 32 percent from beyond the arc.

Williams, who lost 20 pounds in the offseason, said he wants to build off his strong finish.

As the preseason has progressed, Adelman has shifted Williams between the small and power forward spots, trying to find the right fit.

Williams, the Wolves third-leading scorer in the preseason, started at small forward in place of Corey Brewer in an exhibition win Sunday against the Celtics. In 23 minutes, he played at both positions, logging five points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Nate Sandell contributed to this report.

Photo: AP/Graham Hughes

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