MANKATO, Minn. - Derrick Williams has reported to Minnesota Timberwolves training camp with more than just playing time to earn.
The Timberwolves have to make a decision by Oct. 31 whether to exercise the option for 2014-15 on Williams' contract.
"I think that I improved last year, and I want to improve every year that I'm here," Williams said. "That's really what it's about, never staying the same, you always try to improve your game, I feel like I improved a lot this offseason, and I just want the game to start."
The 2011 No. 2 overall draft pick has been inconsistent in his first two seasons in the league and has had trouble finding the right role in Rick Adelman's rotation.
With the injury to Chase Budinger paired with weight loss, Williams hopes to compete for playing time at the small forward position.
"I was about 250 last year. In Arizona, I was about 245 so the lowest I was in summer was about 232, felt a little weak at that low so I gained a little bit more been fluctuating between 235 and 240, about right now 235," Williams explained.
The Wolves are still thinking about picking up the option that would pay him $6.3 million next season. Williams says he knows October "is a big month for me."
"I've been working hard this offseason, not necessarily to prove that I'm trying to play a (small forward), it's just being out there and being able to be in position to score or defend of whatever it may be. Whatever coach asks me to do I'm going to do it," he said.
He also says he's not worried about his contract because if he plays the way he knows he can in the preseason, he will make the Wolves' decision an easy one.
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