August 24, 2005
- The Seattle SuperSonics today exercised their right of first refusal on restricted free agent Damien Wilkins
, Sonics General Manager Rick Sund announced. Wilkins, a guard/forward entering his second season, had received an Offer Sheet from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Due to his outstanding work ethic in his rookie season, Damien earned the respect of our players, coaches and fans,” said Sund. “He improved as much in one season as any player we can remember and we expect that trend to continue. We believe Damien will be a part of our young, talented core for years to come.”
In his rookie season, Wilkins appeared in 29 games, averaging 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 17.9 minutes. The 6-6, 225-pound swingman started seven games and scored in double figures on eight occasions, including two 20-plus point performances. Wilkins recorded a career-high 21 points at Portland on March 24, 2005.
During the 2005 NBA Playoffs, Wilkins played in seven games, averaging 5.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.43 steals in 19.4 minutes.
Wilkins, who was not drafted by an NBA franchise, originally signed with Seattle as a free agent on Oct. 4, 2004.