Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins has insisted that he plans to stay with the franchise for a very long time, ruling out a move to the Toronto Raptors.
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A year before becoming the No.1 pick in the NBA Draft 2014, Wiggins revealed that he wanted to play for the Raptors, and the organisation haven’t shied away from the idea.
The Toronto native would fit in with general manager Masai Ujiri’s hope of adding more Canadian players to the roster in the future, but unfortunately for him he may have to wait a while to land the favourite for the Rookie of the Year award this season.
“I love Minnesota. They treat me nice up there, so I plan to be there for a very, very, very long time,” he said. according to Star Tribune reporter Jerry Zgoda on Twitter.
Wiggins isn’t an unrestricted free agent until 2019, so whether he likes it in Minnesota or not he will be spending the next few years there without doubt.
If he chooses to explore his options and move elsewhere in the fifth year of his contract, he will have to prepare to take significantly less money than what the Timberwolves would be able to offer him.
A lot can change in that period given that the organisation has an exciting and young core in place with the likes of Wiggins and Zach LaVine, but it wouldn’t be anything new for the city if their brightest star opted to move elsewhere to get a better chance of winning.
Both Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love had done so in recent years, and then there is also the appeal of playing for his hometown team in Toronto.
Raptors fans and officials can hold on to the hope of one day acquiring the 20-year-old, but it won’t be for some time yet and things can go against them if Minnesota start to find consistent success.