Wolves working on max contract extension with Andrew Wiggins

HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 18: Andrew Wiggins (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 18: Andrew Wiggins (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Timberwolves are working on a contract extension for Andrew Wiggins.

The busy offseason for the Minnesota Timberwolves just keeps getting busier. The team paraded out new signee Jamal Crawford at a press conference and Tom Thidodeau also dropped the information bomb that the team is working on a contract extension with star wing Andrew Wiggins.

According to the Star Tribune, coach Thibodeau said this about the Wiggins situation:

"“We’re working on it right now.”"

As the Star Tribune points out, Wiggins is eligible for one of the five-year max deals. Each franchise is allowed two of the five-year extensions and it is expected that Wiggins will receive one of them while Karl-Anthony Towns will be given the other down the road. These deals will likely reach around $150 million.

Wiggins has the skillset to be an absolute stud in the NBA, but has not fully lived up to the hype yet. The former Kansas Jayhawks player has had solid statistical lines, though. Last season, Wiggins averaged 23.6 points, 2.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals a game last season. For his career, Wiggins is averaging 20.4 points, 2.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.

A positive for Wiggins is his durability. The 22-year-old has played three full NBA seasons and the term ‘full’ is very intentional. Wiggins has only missed one game in his NBA career while playing in all 82 games last season and in his rookie campaign.

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There are definite places where Wiggins can improve his game. With Wiggins’ size, it would be nice if the 6-8 forward would pull down more rebounds than four a game. Also, as Timberwolves fans are well aware of, Wiggins needs to vastly improve his defensive game. Wiggins was so bad at defense last season that The Ringer named Wiggins as the NBA’s Least Defensive Player.

The addition of Jimmy Butler should help push Wiggins to be a better player in these areas. Plus, a second year in the Thibodeau system will be a big help for Wiggins as well.

The offseason for the Wolves so far has been focusing on immediate help, but it looks like the team is also now focusing in on keeping the core in place.

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