Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 7/14/13
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Saturday night they've finalized contracts with first-round draft picks Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng. Both rookies, who made their debuts in the Timberwolves' NBA Summer League-opening loss Saturday, ended up in Minneapolis via a draft-and-trade deal with Utah. The Jazz selected Muhammad 14th overall and Dieng 21st, then traded both to Minnesota for No. 9 pick Trey Burke. The Timberwolves don't disclose contract details, but the league's rookie pay scale dictates Muhammad will make somewhere around 1.5 million next year, and Dieng's in line for about 1.1 million. They were allowed to sign for up to 120 percent of those amounts or as low as 80 percent. Both NBA-stipulated contract lengths are for four years, with the third and fourth seasons slotted as team options. Drafted mostly upon his merits as an all-around scorer, Muhammad led UCLA in scoring during his lone season there with 17.9 points per game. Dieng helped Louisville to a national championship with 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, solidifying his billing as the rim protector Minnesota hoped to obtain through the draft. In an 83-81 to the NBA D-League Select team Saturday, Muhammad scored seven points and went 3-for-7 from the field. Dieng totaled four points, four rebounds and two blocks. Follow Phil Ervin on Twitter
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