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Rebuilding Wolves give multiyear extension to Jefferson

MINNEAPOLIS -- Forward Al Jefferson and the Minnesota
Timberwolves announced a multiyear contract extension on Wednesday
night.

The 22-year-old Jefferson was acquired from Boston in a trade
July 31.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Al has proven that at only 22 years of age he is among the
rising stars in the NBA," said Kevin McHale, Timberwolves vice
president of basketball operations. "He is extremely talented,
hard working and shows a tremendous willingness to learn and
improve in all facets of the game. Al is only going to continue to
get better."

Jefferson was selected by the Celtics with the 15th overall pick
in the 2004 NBA draft. During the 2006-07 season, he averaged 16
points and 11 rebounds in 69 games, including 60 starts.

Jefferson ranked 12th in the NBA in total rebounds (756) and
defensive rebounds (519) last season as well as 11th in offensive
rebounds (237) and ninth in defensive rebounds per game (7.5).

For his three-year career, Jefferson has averaged 10.3 points
and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 51.3 percent from the field.

During the preseason, Jefferson led the Wolves in scoring and
rebounding, averaging 17.9 points and 13.4 rebounds in eight games
and shooting 55.2 percent from the field.