What is his motive for leaving?
I’m not here to bore readers to tears with statistics or salary dollars. I’m simply pointing out the obvious that seems to elude everyone on this hotbed topic. What is the motive for the Minnesota Timberwolves to seek distance from Edwards?
I honestly cannot think of a single reason. If, as Beverley describes, Anthony Edwards ascends to the level of elite NBA superstar, no team would willingly part ways with a 22-year-old at that level. Not even the most foolish NBA GMS. And Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly is no fool.
So the motivation must somehow come from Edwards himself, right? But in terms of salary offers, the best salary package possible for Anthony Edwards throughout his NBA career will be the contracts offered by the Minnesota Timberwolves, because the Timberwolves hold his Bird Rights. Bird rights are a unique category for NBA players and the team that drafted those players. If you want to know more, just click this link here.
In the end, Edwards has absolutely no financial incentives to walk away from the Minnesota Timberwolves. If he did so, it would mean surrendering millions of dollars of earning potential over the span of his lengthy NBA career. While Anthony Edwards himself would never do such a thing, his agent most certainly would advise strongly against doing so.
So it would fall upon a familiar tale in NBA headlines. Someday, a frustrated Anthony Edwards must demand to be traded away.