The Minnesota Timberwolves upped the ante when they landed star swingman Jimmy Butler in a stunning blockbuster trade ahead of the NBA Draft.
The franchise is now primed to be a major player in the league again. Minnesota hasn't seen the postseason since 2004, but with Butler in hand and a solid young core around him, that could change very soon.
Minnesota has been building around youth since parting ways with Kevin Love, acquiring No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Trading for Wiggins was the first major step in getting the Timberwolves back in position to compete. Now the team has a huge decision regarding his future.
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Wiggins' rookie contract is set to conclude next summer, which means Minnesota is on the clock to start hashing out an extension with one of their core players ahead of that. Should they not reach an agreement, the Timberwolves can make him a restricted free agent next summer but making a qualifying offer of $9.8 million.
That route is not unheard of, though most teams prefer going the extension route to have full control of the contract structure. A player in Wiggins position - a max-level player who has little-to-no chance of signing an offer sheet Minnesota won't match - is also better served by the extension typically.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is ready to commit to signing Wiggins to a $150 million contract extension - the maximum allowed as one of the team's two designated players - but he needs one guarantee from the rising star.
"To me, by making this offer, I'm speculating that his contribution to the team will be more in the future. We've got to be better. He can't be paid just for what he's doing today. He's got to be better
"So when you're talking about negotiations on his part, I'm already extending to him that I'm willing to meet the max. But there are some things that I need out of him, and that is the commitment to be a better player than you are today," Taylor told the Associated Press.
Considering Wiggins is only 22 years old and already has two seasons of averaging at least 20 points per game under his belt, there's plenty of reason to believe he'll continue improving in all aspects of his game. That his scoring is already at such a high level gives him immediate value.
It's fair for someone preparing to invest $150 million into a single entity to ask for commitment back, and with that kind of money on the line, it's hard to imagine Wiggins doing anything but genuinely promising to be all that and more.