By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Minnesota Timberwolves are exploring ways to rid themselves of Andrew Wiggins’ contract, according to Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer. The former No. 1 overall pick has not lived up to expectations.
Wiggins has four-years left on his contract. He signed a five-year, $147 million deal with the franchise in 2017 that kicked in before last season.
Despite having a max contract, he has not produced like a max player should. In fact, last season, he show a career-low 41.2% from the field.
Plus, he also made less than 70% of his free throw attempts.
The 24-year-old may need to find another home to finally become the player that he was drafted to be. Despite his age — and with his massive contract — the Wolves are going to have a tough time dealing him.
But it only takes one team in order to accept the deal with Wiggins.
During his one season plus seasons in Minnesota, former Timberwolves player Jimmy Butler clashed with Wiggins. He was very critical of the young Canadian.
The beef also led to a beef between Wiggins’ brother and Butler. And in addition, Wiggins and former NBA player Stephen Jackson.
Wiggins was traded to the Timberwolves in a blockbuster deal that sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has spent the last five seasons in Minnesota.
This past season, Wiggins made 73 appearances, including 73 starts. He averaged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 34.8 minutes per game.
He has only played two full seasons in his career in 2016-17 and 2017-18. He averaged a career-best 23.6 points per game.