The Minnesota Timberwolves have been one of the busiest teams this offseason and have put together an impressive roster heading into next season.
The franchise is keen to end the league's longest playoff drought and finally be able to compete with the elite teams in the Western Conference.
The T-Wolves haven't made the postseason since Kevin Garnett left and have been stuck in mediocrity for too long.
However, that may come to an end thanks to their moves this summer.
They acquired a legitimate star in Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls and added shrewd free agents Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford.
That quartet will be joining the talented young duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins who both enjoyed impressive seasons last year.
Wiggins' name has cropped up in trade rumours over the last week after the revelation that Kyrie Irving wants to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Timberwolves are one of four teams that Irving is reportedly hoping to be traded to and Wiggins is a player that could likely be used to get any potential deal done with the Cavs.
The 22-year-old is eligible for an extension to his contract and the organisation has until October 16 to tie him down to a long-term deal.
According to owner Glen Taylor, that's exactly what they plan to do.
“First of all, I think he likes it here, we like him, he can get the very best contract from me, better than he can get from anyone else,” Taylor said. “I don’t think we have any trouble of offering him the max anyway.”
Speaking to Sports Illustrated earlier this week, Wiggins made it clear that he believes he's worth "nothing less" than a max contract.
If he agrees a five-year max deal, he could earn as much as $143.5 million in Minnesota.
“We are talking to [Wiggins’] agent right now about extending him out another five years, so we can do that,” Taylor said. “Karl, we won’t do that until next year. Wiggins, we want to sign him to a long-term contract, we want to keep him here, and we’re negotiating with his agent. But we just started that negotiation, and we have quite some time to get that done.”
This would appear to put any trade talk to bed and it would certainly rule out a move for Irving as the Cavaliers would have no interest in bringing Wiggins back to Ohio on that type of contract.
With the playoffs a real possibility next year, the fans in Minneapolis are in for an exciting season where winning may become the norm.News Now - Sport News