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With resident superstar Jimmy Butler entering the option year of his contract, the Minnesota Timberwolves need to make necessary steps to quickly become a contender.
That includes the possibility of trading Andrew Wiggins, if they can find a better fit, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, mentioning coach Tom Thibodeau’s system.
In his weekly newsletter, Krawczynski writes, “I think if they can get a quality player or a couple of them who may be lesser in overall talent but fit Thibs’ system better, they will certainly consider it. If you’re planning to keep Butler long term and really try to vault into contention, you have to look at speeding up the process a little bit.”
Krawczynski mentioned the possibility of a swap involving Wiggins and Toronto All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan.
“Does DeMar DeRozan do that? If he would slide into a third-option role more smoothly than Wiggins has to this point, maybe,” he writes. “But there’s no indication yet that the Raptors would entertain that idea, even though firing Dwane Casey on Friday certainly paves the way for more changes to a team that just couldn’t get past LeBron in the East.”
The Timberwolves might have difficulties finding a taker for Wiggins, though, according to Krawczynski.
“But from what I can gather, Wiggins doesn’t have a huge amount of value on the market right now,” he writes. “He’s about to start a five-year, $148 million contract and is coming off of a less-than-convincing fourth season in the league.”