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Former Iowa Hawkeye star Luka Garza finally gets full NBA contract

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has converted center Luka Garza’s two-way contract to a standard NBA contract. Garza is a former Iowa Hawkeye National Player of the Year.
Luka Garza, via nba.com

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has converted center Luka Garza’s two-way contract to a standard NBA contract. Garza is a former Iowa Hawkeye National Player of the Year.

Garza, 6-10, has appeared in 21 games for the Timberwolves this season, averaging 4.2 points on 47.8% shooting, including 30.0% from three and 1.2 rebounds in 5.2 minutes per game. He scored a season-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting in just 9:28 minutes of action against the Toronto Raptors on April 3.

The Washington D.C. native saw action in three NBA G League games this season with the Iowa Wolves, owning averages of 36.7 points on 57.4% shooting, including 33.3% from three, 12.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 blocks in 36.0 minutes per contest. Garza scored a season-high 38 points, nine rebounds and five assists against the Cleveland Charge on Dec. 15, after finishing with 35 points, a season-high 15 rebounds and a season-high three blocks against the Charge on Dec. 14. Garza was named to the 2024 NBA G League Next Up Game during the 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis, his second consecutive season receiving the honor.

The University of Iowa product has appeared in a total of 80 career NBA games (five starts) over three seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Timberwolves, averaging 5.5 points on 48.1% shooting, including 33.3% from deep and 2.3 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game. Garza has scored 20+ points on five occasions, including a career-high 25 points on Feb. 8, 2023, in Utah.  Garza was the college National Player of the Year back in 2021.  He won several other awards as well.

Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Minnesota is having its best season in years and still has a shot at the #1 seed in the Western Conference.

(TOP PHOTO: Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) yells after making a basket while being fouled during the second half of their B1G/ACC Challenge game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. (Stephen Mally/hawkeyesports.com))

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