The Toronto Raptors are one of the NBA's best team. The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the worst. But that doesn't mean that the Raptors aren't looking at the Timberwolves with envy.
According to the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Raptors have an intricate plan for the future in place, a little more intricate than others.
The paper states that general manager Masai Ujiri has a large board with the depth chart from each team and also the player's contract status.
The biggest target? Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Andrew Wiggins, a Canadian, who could be a free agent as early as 2021.
“Ujiri has undertaken a detailed study of what prompted Carmelo Anthony to re-sign in New York,” the story states. “He wants to know how the game’s biggest stars make off-court decisions.
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“Was it just the money? Was it environment? What did the presentation look like? Who was part of it? Ujiri is building a script that takes the guessing out of the most important work a GM does, but only gets a chance to practice sporadically.”
Will Wiggins be worth it?
Right now, the Raptors (26-12) are one of the East's best teams and the Timberwolves (6-31) are the West's worst. They has lost 15 in a row heading into Tuesday's win.
While Wiggins started the season inconsistent, however, he has come into his own of late and is the front-runner for NBA Rookie of the Year.
He was only overshadowed this week by teammate Mo Williams' 50-point performance on Tuesday. Wiggins has 20 in that win over the Pacers.
Wiggins is averaging 14.7 points per game on the season, but is averaging 21.4 over the first seven games of January.
Will the Raptors be able to bring him home?
Part of the Raptors' plan is to have facilities and the right team in place to recruit Wiggins when the time comes. Part of that plan is reportedly a $30 million practice facility.
“This is the multilayered plan that underlies all the current decisions made by the Raptors: Be good now,” the story said. “Be very good in two years time. And then extend that run into dynastic terms by raiding other NBA teams for their Canadian talent.
“This much is beyond doubt. No one is watching the rise of Toronto-based players more closely than the Raptors. It’s the subliminal message buried deep in the We The North campaign. The Raptors look at these kids and think that, while other teams will do the work of developing them, the very best of them are eventually coming home.”