There are no secrets the Minnesota Timberwolves would love to shed Andrew Wiggins disgustingly large contract in a trade. Wiggins is set to earn over $27 million next season. The Canadian wing came out of Kansas with a high ceiling and tremendous LeBron level like upside. Despite winning the rookie of the year award, it has been downhill ever since.
Sometimes players like Andrew Wiggins need a new location to rediscover their talents. Jahlil Okafor seems to be finding himself in New Orleans and D’Angelo Russell found himself in Brooklyn. A chance of scenery and or system can do so much a 24-year-old. It could allow him to reach the All-Star ceiling many had predicted when he came out of the 2014 draft.
5. Golden State Warriors
The Warriors Receive: Andrew Wiggins
The Timberwolves Receive: D’Angelo Russell
The Golden State Warriors have made it known that having D’Angelo Russell is as a rental. This means the Warriors will look to trade him around the trade deadline next season for a package of players, picks or an intriguing prospect. Not saying, Andrew Wiggins could ever measure up to the value Kevin Durant has on a team. The Warriors have a reputation for growing players maturity through their championship level system. As long as the Warriors have Steph, they will still try to contend. The Warriors are desperate for quality wings that fit their model of positionless basketball. Wiggins has great length at 6’8 and could grow into the high caliber two way star he was projected to be. The losses of Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala make it evident the Warriors are not passive on filling a void.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking for a star point guard to pair with their star big man, Karl-Anthony Towns. Towns and Russell are lifelong friends who played AAU ball together. They have talked about reuniting in the NBA and playing on the same team. The Timberwolves have a top 5 center on their squad, their focus should be heightened to get a top 10 guard added to the mix. The Timberwolves have had a solid offseason, but the West is only getting stronger. Stagnancy does not thread the needle in the NBA.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder Receive: Andrew Wiggins
The Timberwolves Receive: Chris Paul, Andre Roberson, and a 1st round pick
The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly looking to trade Chris Paul. The Miami Heat seem to be hesitant on pulling the trigger and Charlotte is not interested. The Timberwolves might be willing to tango in a potential deal for the perennial All-Star guard. Wiggins is not a complete bust yet he has the tools, but I believe a new scenery would do the Canadian kid much good. The Thunder need to acquire young assets for this rebuild. A potential young core surrounded by Steven Adams, Andrew Wiggins, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and 8 first-round picks acquired since draft night. The Thunder seems to be steering the ship appropriately, making risky moves are the mark of a true GM. It’s Presti Magic.
The Timberwolves are definitely looking for a point guard with Derrick Rose in Detroit, Tyus Jones in Memphis, and Jeff Teague on the injury shelf. Chris Paul is a veteran floor general with good defensive instincts. Paul can run and offense and the pick and roll or pick and pop with Towns could be deadly. Playing CP3 could make Towns an MVP candidate. The vet guard is also known for his leadership qualities and making sure his teammates are in the right spots defensively. A healthy Andre Roberson is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA.
Imagine a lineup Chris Paul, Andre Roberson, Robert Covington, Jordan Bell, and KAT. This could a lethal line up to thrive on both ends of the floor. Make it happen Minnesota.
3. Charlotte Hornets
The Timberwolves Receive: Malik Monk, Miles Bridges, Bismack Biyombo, future 1st round, and 2nd picks
The Hornets Receive: Andrew Wiggins
The Charlotte Hornets have been in what we NBA purgatory. They have not been good enough to be in the playoffs or bad enough to get a top pick. Getting the 9th or 10th every year in the East is called being stuck in the middle. I’m not buying into the hype any of the current young players are enticing to Hornets fans. Malik Monk is an undersized and streaky shooting guard. Miles Bridges may have potential, but Andrew Wiggins is already a proven 15-20 point per game scorer. They are definitely looking to move Biyombo’s big contract. The Hornets adding Andrew Wiggins gives Rozier a potential running mate in the backcourt or he can play SF. How’s a line up of Terry Rozier, Dwayne Bacon, Andrew Wiggins, PJ Washington, and Cody Zeller or Willy Hernangomez at the center. The best plan for the Hornets is to play the young guns and be an entertaining fun team.
The Minnesota Timberwolves would be getting quite a return for Andrew Wiggins. Malik Monk could potentially be a solid shooting guard assuming Shabazz Napier is manning the point. A smooth shooting backcourt with loads of upside. Miles Bridges could legitimately turn into what they had hoped Wiggins would become. A freak athlete that puts his tools and skills to use.
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers Receive: Andrew Wiggins
The Timberwolves Receive: Kevin Love
The Cleveland Cavaliers can get back the young asset they traded away during the LeBron James era to get Kevin Love. They got a Championship out of the deal, but now their present situation does not accommodate for Kevin Love. Wiggins, however, fits the style the Cavs would play with young guns like Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Larry Nance Jr., and Ante Zizic. Pace and space is the name of the game. It would be interesting to have the same trade done over again and that’s what makes it epic.
The Timberwolves would likely have the best 4-5 punch in the NBA. Love and Kat would be a deadly 1-2 punch. These two are the best two players after the KG era to play for the wolves. The addition of Love would make Minnesota instant playoff contenders in a tough and deep Western Conference. Two skilled bigs that can rebound, score and shoot with range. A nightmare for opposing teams. Love does have an injury history but the additions of Noah Vonleh and Jordan Bell have the Wolves coupled with injury replacements.
1. Toronto Raptors
The Timberwolves Receive: Serge Ibaka, OG Anunoby, Norman Powell, and a 1st round pick
The Raptors Receive: Andrew Wiggins and Robert Covington
The Timberwolves get their ideal power forward in Serge Ibaka who is more than capable of covering any of Town’s defensive shortcomings. Ibaka’s motor and toughness were big components in Toronto’s success these last few years. OG Anunoby when healthy is a valuable two-way wing with loads of upside. Norman Powell is solid 3 and D guard with sneaky athleticism. A line up of Napier, Powell, Anunoby, Ibaka, and Towns could a huge payoff especially defensively. Coupled with pieces like Tyrone Wallace, Jake Layman, Noah Vonleh, Josh Okogie, and Jordan Bell off the bench the future of this franchise is on the up and up.
The Raptors are coming off an NBA Championship, but their team is not staying together. They have lost two big pieces in Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. The additions of Andrew Wiggins and Robert Covington are definite upgrades over their present wing situation with names like Stanley Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Patrick McCaw. Wiggins would have the chance to come and play in front of his home country. Every kid’s wildest dream. Maybe, it would unleash the beast in Wiggins to become the star he was billed to be. Robert Covington is an elite 3 and D guy much like Danny Green. Toronto cannot stay stagnant or they will surely drop in the ranks of the East.