Gorgui Dieng signed a four-year, $64 million extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves before the deadline on Oct. 31st.
Dieng would have likely commanded a contract of at least $80 million in free agency.
"I want to be here. I didn't want to be here I wouldn't have bought a house this summer," he said. "Everybody knew it. I wanted to be here. I don't like moving around back and forth. I like here. I like the organization. Great people. They help you. It's an easy task for me being here."
Dieng spoke about the impact his new contract would make in Senegal.
"It doesn't matter how much you make but what can you do with it," Dieng said Tuesday,. "I'm sure a lot of people make more money than I did before and they didn't do the right thing with it. I always wanted to help and I'm going to keep helping. I'm going to do the best I can to my ability to make peoples' lives better."
Dieng met with Wolves owner Glen Taylor on Monday to chart out the vision for the franchise over the next five years.
"If I go to another team, am I going to be happy? I don't know," Dieng said. "I just wanted to be happy and make sure I'm comfortable where I am at. I'm looking forward (hoping) they're all going to do the same and be honest with their teammates, because at the end of the day it's not all about the money."