Former NBA No. 1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, has had a turbulent NBA career thus far. He was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014 NBA Draft, but was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves before ever playing a game for the Cavaliers. Wiggins has since played six seasons for the Timberwolves, but his tenure in Minnesota could be coming to an end.
Recent reports have suggested that the Timberwolves are considering trading Wiggins, with the Golden State Warriors being a potential destination. The trade would involve the Warriors sending D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota in exchange for Wiggins and draft picks.
Upon hearing these rumors, Wiggins said, “I think it’s just something that comes with the business of the NBA. I don’t really pay too much attention to it. I just focus on what I can control and that’s playing basketball and getting better every day.”
Wiggins has certainly had his ups and downs in Minnesota. He has shown flashes of brilliance, but has also been criticized for his inconsistency and lack of defensive effort. He has averaged 19.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game throughout his career. While those numbers are respectable, they are not quite what you would expect from a former No. 1 overall pick.
If Wiggins does end up getting traded to the Warriors, it could be a new start for him. He would have the opportunity to play alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, two of the best shooters in NBA history. The Warriors have struggled this season, due in large part to injuries to their key players, but adding Wiggins could help them get back on track.
Wiggins has two years left on his five-year, $147.7 million contract, which could make him a difficult player to move. However, if the Timberwolves are willing to take on Russell’s contract, which pays him $117 million over four years, the trade could be beneficial for both teams.
While trade rumors can be distracting and unsettling for players, Wiggins seems to be taking it all in stride. He knows that the NBA is a business and that anything can happen. Whether he ends up staying in Minnesota or getting traded to the Warriors, he is focused on improving his game and helping his team win.
Overall, it will be interesting to see how this situation plays out. If Wiggins does get traded to the Warriors, it could be a turning point in his career. Only time will tell.