Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver out for season

Jan 22, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver (23) shoots during the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jarrett Culver will undergo surgery on his injured ankle and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Thursday.

Culver, 22, averaged 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 34 games (seven starts) in his second NBA season. That marked a decline in production from his rookie campaign, when he averaged 9.2 points and 3.4 boards in 63 games (35 starts).

Culver first injured his ankle Jan. 25, the team said. He is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery May 7 in Los Angeles.

Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch said Culver’s future remained bright.

Related: 2021 NBA mock draft – Top prospects, top landing spots

“He’s still a big part of our future as we see it,” Finch said. “So we want to be sure that we give him the best chance to have the proper preparation going into next year, and it’s important.”

–Field Level Media