Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team convert the contract of center Luka Garza to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Garza, 6-10, appeared in four preseason games for the Wolves averaging 7.3 points on 61.1% (11-of-18) shooting, including 66.7% (4-of-6) from three and 2.3 rebounds per game. His top performance of the preseason came against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 15 when he scored all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter of the Timberwolves’ 118-113 win.
He spent last season with the Detroit Pistons where he averaged 5.8 points on 44.9% shooting and 3.1 rebounds per game in 32 games (five starts). He played in 16 games (all starts) last season for the Pistons’ G League affiliate, the Motor City Cruise and averaged 20.6 points on 51.8% shooting and 9.5 rebounds per game.
The Washington D.C. native spent four seasons at the University of Iowa, where he ended his college career as Iowa’s all-time leading scorer (2,306 points), marking the seventh-highest scoring total in Big Ten history. Garza earned unanimous 2020-21 National Player of the Year honors after averaging 24.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.6 blocks and 31.6 minutes per game in 31 games during his final season. Additionally, he was named a two-time unanimous All-America First Team selection (2020-21 and 2019-20) and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2020-21 and 2019-20).
Garza was originally selected by the Pistons with the 52nd overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.