The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Georgia freshman guard Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 pick in the delayed NBA draft. Edwards became the 11th straight one-and-done player to be the No. 1 pick, coming in a year when there was no clear obvious choice. Edwards averaged 19.1 points for the Bulldogs, tops among all freshman. The 19-year-old native of Atlanta slides in next to center Karl-Anthony Towns and point guard D’Angelo Russell for a Wolves team that finished 19-45 last season.
The Timberwolves also reached an agreement with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire point guard Ricky Rubio in a first-round swap, bringing Rubio back to Minnesota, where he spent the first six seasons of his NBA career. During that time, Rubio became one of the faces of the franchise, averaging 10.3 points per game and 8.5 assists per game for the Wolves. Rubio was traded to Utah prior to the 2017-18 season and spent three seasons with the Jazz before being traded to Phoenix last season.