2023 Play-In Tournament

Jaden McDaniels out indefinitely after fracturing hand in Wolves' regular-season finale

The Timberwolves' 3rd-year forward was seen punching a wall heading toward the locker room at halftime.

Jaden McDaniels averaged 12.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and1.9 assists with the Timberwolves in 2022-23.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels suffered a right hand injury and is out indefinitely, the team announced Monday.

X-rays and further imaging taken Monday at Mayo Clinic Square by Dr. Kelechi Okoroha on McDaniels revealed fractures of his third and fourth metacarpals. He has been placed in a cast and further updates to his progress will be provided when available.

McDaniels suffered the injury when he punched a wall on the way to the locker room at halftime of Minnesota’s final game of the regular season and was ruled out shortly after with a hand injury.

The Timberwolves rallied to beat the Pelicans 113-108 and take eighth place in the Western Conference. They’ll face the Los Angeles Lakers in the AT&T Play-In Tournament Tuesday (10 ET, TNT). If they beat the Lakers they’ll get the No. 7 seed and face Memphis in the first round. If they lose, they’ll host the winner of the New Orleans-Oklahoma City game on Friday night for the No. 8 seed and a first-round date with Denver.

Unfortunate news for the Timberwolves who will also be without center Rudy Gobert for Tuesday’s Play-In game. The team announced that Gobert would serve a one-game punishment after he took a swing at Kyle Anderson and hit him in the upper chest in the second quarter of Sunday’s game, when the flustered Timberwolves were trailing by 12 points.

In 79 games (all starts) this season, McDaniels averaged career highs with 12.1 points on 59.1% shooting and 1.9 assists, along with 3.9 rebounds per game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.