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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Wiggins trade to ’Wolves official

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As long rumored and reported, former Kansas University guard Andrew Wiggins will begin his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The NBA on Saturday made official the trade that sent No. 1 NBA draft pick Wiggins and 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett of the Cleveland Cavaliers plus Sixers forward Thaddeus Young to Minnesota in the deal that sent Kevin Love to the Cavs. The Sixers received Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved from the Wolves plus a 2015 first-round draft pick from Cleveland. The announcement was delayed because Wiggins couldn’t be traded until 30 days after he signed his $5.5 million contract.

“I am truly excited to welcome Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to our team. Adding these young players, along with our No. 1 pick from this year, Zach LaVine, to our existing squad gives us a solid nucleus for the future.” Wolves’ owner Glen Taylor said.

Wiggins, who will wear his college number 22 in the pros, will be introduced Tuesday.

“Certainly he’s looking forward to going to Minnesota,” said Kansas coach Bill Self. “Everybody would love the opportunity to play with LeBron (James in Cleveland) which guarantees winning, but the whole thing is, for the longevity of his career, he needs to kind of develop a mind-set to be ‘the guy’ for him to be great. I think being in Minnesota will help him do that.”

Self said recently he could envision Wiggins averaging “15 or 16 (points) as a rookie.”

Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “I think if Wiggins turns out to be a good player, it will set Minnesota back a lot. If he turns out to be a very good player, it’s a good trade. If he turns into a perennial All-Star, the Wolves hit a grand slam. Wiggins, in Minnesota, is going to get opportunities. He will be in a great offensive system, he’ll be able to grow and develop.”

The Cavs said fans who bought Wiggins jerseys could exchange them or return them for full credit.

Comments

Scott Smetana 2 months, 1 week ago

I'm thinking he averages 12 points / game, many from the line. Sorry, I'm still sour about the OAD rule.

Gavin Fritton 2 months, 1 week ago

I love that the Cavs said that fans who bought Wiggins jerseys could exchange them or return them for full credit. Refunds? No. No refunds. You can have a different Cavs jersey or credit to buy a different Cavs jersey, but if you were a Wiggins fan who only wanted a Wiggins jersey, the Cavs just effed you at the drive-through.

John Fitzgerald 2 months, 1 week ago

The Wolves should be embarrassed for their ignorance. They just traded their best player for 2 guys that have proved nothing and future pick that has proved nothing. I like Wiggins, but hes done nothing at the pro level. And Bennett is worse because he's been a pro for a year and still did nothing. So the Wolves make the Cavs the strongest team for 3 guys that have no legitimate value? I would have kept Love and forced him into the last year of his contract to see if we could make the playoffs and maybe get him to re sign. If he did leave after the season then the salary would be free to use on someone that could actually take us to the playoffs. But to trade him for "air" ? No wonder Minnesota is the laughing stock of the NBA. I could be wrong and not make since, but to me, the Wolves made a huge mistake. SMH

Brianna Zaleski 2 months ago

First off, sometimes you have to bet big to win big. I have nothing wrong w the T-Wolves taking a chance on the Wiggins package. I mean there are worse options than Andrew, to stake your immediate future on. Did you watch any KU games last year? You're telling me you wouldn't be excited about AW coming to town?

Second, how the heck were the T- Wolves going to make the playoffs this season? They were one of the worst teams and were nowhere close to making the post season. All the sudden this season it's going to magically happen? Plus, Love was pretty vocal that he was not going to be staying in Minn, so you have to get some value for him instead of letting him walk next year for nothing

Keith Gellar 2 months ago

Brianna, maybe John is making that comment because he did actually watch KU games. Take you homer glasses off. Andrew Wiggins was a disappointment. it is clear the only thing he was concerned about was his draft stock. He was overhyped, but he was clearly in the Pierce and Manning realm and should have carried the team. However, we saw what entailed and the result- early exit to Stanford. Had Wiggins displayed effort even close to that of Randle, we would have been in FF4 for sure. stop coddling wiggins. Cavs were right in trading him. i would have made the trade in a hearbeat.

Matthew Pyle 2 months ago

Damn, that's a bit harsh don't you think? Wiggins freshmen numbers were better than Pierce or Manning. Did Pierce ever make a final four? Wasn't it Manning sitting on the bench with foul trouble in 86' when we lost to Louisville? Wiggins is 18 years old, with nothing but upside..... he's not a perfect player, but he is going to get a lot better. I think it was a smart, fair trade for both teams. If Wiggins turns out to be a stud, the Cavs will have gotten the better end of the deal. There is no guarantee Love will stay in Cleveland past this season-- it is Cleveland after all.

Brett McCabe 2 months ago

Hadn't Love already said that he wasn't coming back after his contract expired? It actually seems like a good trade. The Wolves might have a nucleus in place to compete in the future.

Eric TheCapn 2 months ago

No. The Timberwolves couldn't get it done with Love alone and were going to lose him next year. Love is not KG and can't carry a team of schmucks. They got a LOT for Love, instead of nothing. They would have been a laughingstock if they turned this down. It's not about how good it makes another team, it's about getting something for what would otherwise be nothing in advance of what would have been another failed season anyway. Attendance will be up even if the team are worse than last year; no one was going to see Love and the Schmucks anymore.

Jonathan Allison 2 months ago

It's almost impossibly good for them to get the number one draft pick at the beginning of his relatively cheap rookie contract, and the previous year's #1 pick who's only 1 year into his rookie contract. Because of the rookie pay scale, they are getting HUGE upside for much less money than signing a free agent.

After all, it's not easy to attract top talent to Minnesota. Do you think that they'd be better off signing Lance Stephenson and Eric Bledsoe to 4 year max contracts or getting Wiggins on a rookie deal for up to 5 years and Bennett on a rookie deal for up to 4 years with an option for the last two years of both deals?

Janet Olin 2 months ago

Time to shine, Andrew, and silence all the talking heads. We will enjoy watching you play and refine your skill set. Rock Chalk!

Matthew Pyle 2 months ago

Another reason to hate LeBron and root against LeBron. Perfect.

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