Timberwolves exercise team options on Edwards, McDaniels

The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised the third-year options on guard Anthony Edwards and forward Jaden McDaniels on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Edwards enters his second season in the NBA after finishing as the runner-up in "Rookie of the Year" voting to the Charlotte Hornets’ LaMelo Ball. He was the only rookie to play in all 72 games last season. He averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.1 minutes per game.

The Atlanta-native also shot 41.7% from the floor, 32.9% from the three-point line and 76.6% from the free-throw line. His points per game as a rookie is the highest ever for a Timberwolves rookie, and his 171 three-pointers made is the second-most behind Kevin Love’s 190 made in the 2013-2014 season.

McDaniels, 21, wrapped up his rookie season last year averaging 6.8 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 3.7 rebounds and 1 block per game in 63 games played. Among all rookies, the Federal Way, Washington, native ranked second in total blocks (60) and 10th in total three-pointers (72).