The Minnesota Timberwolves and big man Gorgui Dieng have agreed on a four-year contract extension worth $64 million, per Shams Charania of The Vertical. Although Minnesota has dropped their first two games of the season, Dieng has posted 26 points and 27 rebounds combined for the Timberwolves.
Last year, Dieng played in all 82 games of the regular season for the first time in his career, averaging 10.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per contest. He has averaged better than one block per contest each of the last two seasons, and as of last year, officially moved into the power forward role with the addition of center Karl-Anthony Towns to the mix, who has taken over a center spot.
The 6-11 power forward hails from Kebemer, Senegal and first came to the United States as a senior in high school. He would go on to attend Louisville, where he would play three seasons for head coach Rick Pitino, and win a National Championship in 2013, his final season on campus. He was also named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, prompting him to enter the NBA Draft a season early.
As a rookie, he played in just 60 games for Minnesota, averaging 4.8 points and five rebounds per game, but still managed to make the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Last October, his option for this season was picked up by Minnesota, and as of Monday, he will be staying with the Timberwolves for the next four seasons as they attempt to continue to lock up their young core of players with includes the aforementioned Towns, swingman Andrew Wiggins, guard Zach LaVine and rookie signal caller Kris Dunn.