Since acquiring star Jimmy Butler in the off-season via trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves have had the appearance and hopes of a being a title contender in the loaded Western Conference. However, that was not the case this season making to the 8th seed, but were bounced by the Houston Rockets in the first round.
Yes, it was the first year with having Butler, with Wiggins and center Karl Anthony-Towns, but at moments it just didn’t seem to click. It has been reported that Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wigginshave experienced “problems” stemming from Wiggins “lack of effort” on the defensive end.
Wiggins is unfortunately the third option for the Timberwolves, which may as be the root of the chemistry issue. Wiggins has been “the guy” everywhere he has been and now taking the backseat for the Timberwolves is not sitting well with the small forward.
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The former first overall selection has been put on a higher pedestal than others due to the exceptions that have been set for him. He has been compared to NBA but he still has the potential to be star in the league. This season Wiggins averaged 17.7 points, followed by 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. The past season has been his best regarding plus/minus, posting 2.5.
The main focus for the Timberwolves should be building their franchise around their key pieces, center Karl Anthony-Towns and guard Jimmy Butler, as well as keeping them content and happy. Anthony-Towns and Butler both deserves to be the cornerstones of the team.
While they still are contenders for the playoffs, a deeper run seems unlikely unless moves are made. Minnesota would be smart to explore trades for small forward Andrew Wiggins, potentially to gauge interest from interested teams looking for a athletic forward that has bright future.
The most ideal situation for Wiggins would be getting moved to a young team that has few pieces, but is missing that athletic defender would can score. He would give an invaluable amount of experience playing in the league to a young team that would benefit greatly off of it.
Some teams that come to mind are the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, and Indiana Pacers. Yes, they are all Eastern Conference teams, but he fits better in the East rather the West as developing standpoint, for a better chance competing deep into the playoffs. Being moved to a team has the correct personnel around him to flourish would be ideal for Wiggins and his career in the NBA.