Anthony Edwards makes everyone a winner with his extension

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The best success is the success that you can share with your friends. That was a lesson taught to me at a young age by a close friend who was an elderly gentleman who had earned plenty of money over the years. Now, the same can be said about Minnesota Timberwolves’ latest extended player, Anthony Edwards.

It’s no secret that Anthony Edwards is getting paid to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and paid very handsomely. But rather than hoard the money, or simply spend it on a select few family members or friends, he is already proving to be wise beyond his years.  Edwards is working with the community to help young people find the right path, and is spearheading that initiative even as he is gaining a more prominent platform:

The inspiring part of this is that everyone walks away as a winner.  Of course, the obvious winner is Anthony Edwards himself. His hard work and resilience have earned him a huge payday.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have to be considered in the winner’s circle with this move as well. After all, locking in a 21-year-old NBA All-Star shooting guard on a multi-year deal is nothing but success, not just for today, but for many years to come.

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And yet, perhaps the biggest winners of the new contract may simply be the local community. With his new contract, Edwards has agreed to help young people in the local community with his “Don’t Follow the Wave,” initiative. Edwards will also be donating to the African American Breast Cancer Alliance, a cause that is especially important to him as the disease has impacted his family members.

Anthony Edwards gets paid. But the Minnesota Timberwolves fans win as well. That’s the right way to build a championship roster.