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After reports came out that Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins is upset being the third option behind Jimmy Butler and Karl–Anthony Towns earlier this week, many around the league began to wonder if the athletic scorer’s time in the Twin Cities could come to an end after this season.
Wiggins re-signed with the Wolves this past summer on a five-year deal worth nearly $150 million. The former No. 1 overall pick averaged a career-high 23.6 points per game last season, but his scoring output has dropped to 17.9 this year with the addition of Butler and the emergence of Towns as a superstar big man.
Wiggins views himself as a number one scoring option but he won’t get that title or volume of shot attempts with the Wolves as long as Butler and Towns are on the roster.
Minnesota would be foolish to entertain any trade inquiries on Butler or Towns, possibly leaving Wiggins as the odd man out.
“I think that’s something that people will be looking at and I think other teams will be coming after him,” Stein said when asked by host Nate Duncan if the Wolves will look to move Wiggins in a couple of years. “Because he’s at best gonna be the third option if you’re playing with Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns. I don’t think there’s any question that Wiggins’ future is gonna be talked about. He’s under contract now. It’s a big number but for some teams that appeals. To be able to get a guy when there is contract certainty and you know you’ve got him, there will be teams who want to trade for that.”
To no surprise, both Wiggins and Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau shot down the report that Wiggins is upset after practice on Thursday.
“It’s total nonsense,” Thibodeau said. “I know Andrew’s character. There’s no way in the world Andrew is saying any of that, particularly from a guy who’s taken the most shots on our team.”
Added Wiggins, “It’s just someone’s word of mouth. It wasn’t no quote from me. Everyone that knows me knows I don’t talk much, I just go with the flow. I don’t whisper. If I say something, I’m going to say it clearly and loudly.”