An educated guess at Jaden McDaniels’ contract
Now that we have some comparables established, we can analyze a likely range that Jaden will land in. It is reasonable to suspect that the $21-24 million range reported is likely coming from Timberwolves’ front office.
I would expect a realistic contract range to begin at Bridges’ 16.98% of the cap, and end shortly north of Johnson’s 18.88%. This would leave us with a contract range of 17-20% of the salary cap, or $23,123,570-$27,204,200 in year one.
Have a sore head yet?
McDaniels’ agent Bill Duffy has been known as a tough negotiator and is willing to bet on his clients to secure the best deal possible. A plan that was executed to perfection with another client, Suns center DeAndre Ayton, another young player who bet on himself and was able to secure a max contract extension the following season. Because Jaden has the flexibility to pursue this avenue, it should not come as a surprise that negotiations are moving slowly.
My guess at a deal?
Like Anthony Edwards’ deal, a phone comes from up top signaling to get it done. Jaden will sign a 5-year $150 million deal shortly before the extension deadline of October 14th.
Here is a look at how that contract impacts our financial outlook this year and beyond:
Jaden McDaniels with his incredible defensive prowess and untapped offensive potential is a foundational piece to the Timberwolves’ future. Under no circumstances can the front office fumble an opportunity to preserve a piece so critical to the success of the Anthony Edwards era. for the sake of Wolves nation, let’s get this one done!