The Minnesota Timberwolves have gotten to work to amend the mistakes they made in the past, and getting rid of Andrew Wiggins’ big contract is one of the steps they have to take in order to do so. Two years after the deal was completed, Wiggins has mightily failed to become the superstar that the Wolves expected him to be back in 2017 when they placed a huge contract offer to the Canadian.
Now, when the free agency approaches, the T-Wolves are looking to make major changes on their roster ahead of next season and sending Wiggins somewhere else is one of the priorities for them this summer.
As a matter of fact, the organization is reportedly confident in their chances to move the player this offseason. According to Mark Gunnels, the Timberwolves believe they will find a trade partner willing to take on the final four years of Wiggins’ five-year, $147.7 million contract.
Despite being confident in their ability to trade Wiggins in the near future, that won’t be an easy job to carry out. In order to make that happen, Minnesota will have to send something more to Wiggins potential’s new franchise. The former No. 1 overall pick is owed $27 million next season and will be owed more than $94 million in the final three years of the deal.
After being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers alongside Anthony Bennett in an exchange that sent Kevin Love to Quicken Loans Arena a couple of years ago, Wiggins never felt comfortable in Minnesota, regardless of the big motivations he had in his contract. Last season he averaged 18.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game and shot a career-worst 41.2 percent from the field.
With the Wolves very interested in signing free agent D’Angelo Russell, sending Wiggins to a different team would help them a lot in their attempt to attract the point guard to Target Center. It remains unknown which team sees with good eyes getting a huge contract like Wiggins’, but Minnesota will certainly have to add more assets in a trade package in order to make a proposal look worthwhile.