Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is anxious to work out a long-term deal with the team but isn't trying to rush the process. While not as proven as a 10-year veteran, he has increased his scoring output in each of his first three seasons, averaging 23.6 points per game last year, and is a respectable 35.6 per cent three-point shooter.
Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reported on September 18 Wiggins and the Timberwolves were expected to have a five-year, $148 million deal finalized last month.
"We feel strongly that he is just scratching the surface of the player he will become", said head coach and president Tom Thibodeau in the press release. "Andrew is one of the best young players in the National Basketball Association and he has the talent and work ethic to get even better and be a foundation for our franchise for many years". It would keep the 22-year-old under contract throughout what should several more highly productive years.
Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in action during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Golden State Warriors as part of 2017 NBA Global Games China at Mercedes-Benz Arena on October 8, 2017 in Shanghai, China.
It's easy to see why the T-Wolves opened the vault for Wiggins. "I love it here".
The new deal also makes Wiggins the highest-paid Canadian NBA player of all-time.
The No. 1 overall pick in 2014, Wiggins was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers and traded to the Wolves on August 23, 2014.