Andrew Wiggins Inks Massive Rookie-Scale Deal With Timberwolves
Sorry fellow Canadians, Andrew Wiggins will not be a Toronto Raptor anytime soon.
On Wednesday morning, the Toronto-native signed a five-year extension worth $148-million with the Minnesota Timberwolves, which will kick in following the 2017-18 season. Just a couple of days after his former Kansas Jayhawks teammate Joel Embiid signed a similar rookie scale extension, Wiggins did the same after an entire offseason of speculation regarding whether or not the deal will be completed.
“I like everyone from the trainers to the coaches to the front office, my teammates,” Wiggins said. “I love everybody. They’ve treated me with nothing but nice since I got here. And they were the first people who gave me the opportunity to play in the NBA after I got traded from Cleveland and they welcomed me with open arms. So this is where I wanted to be at.”
Wiggins averaged 23.6-points per game in his third season in the NBA and should be a vital part of the new big three in Minneapolis, alongside newly-acquired Jimmy Butler and big man Karl-Anthony Towns.
“He’s never satisfied. He wants to get better,” Wolves coach and president Tom Thibodeau said of Wiggins. “I think he’s already demonstrated that to make the progress that he’s already shown is impressive, but as I mentioned, it’s scratching the surface. And now we hope that it’ll continue to grow and it’ll translate into wins.”
With a new contract in place, Wiggins’ development is not yet complete. A below average three-point shooter and a poor defender, these are two aspects that Wiggins must improve on if he wants to justify his brand new extension in today’s era of the NBA.