During the NBA offseason, the Minnesota Timberwolves have transformed themselves from a team that was struggling to make the playoffs, to one that could end up being a real threat in the postseason in 2017-18.
With the additions of Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, and Taj Gibson to the already impressive Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves now have a starting line up that could cause a stir in the Western Conference.
If they do qualify for the playoffs this season, it will be the first time Minnesota has reached the postseason since they reached the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2003-04 season.
The future is bright for the Timberwolves, for this season at least. However, beyond this year could be a bit of a mystery, as this is when the team could potentially start to fall apart, as Wiggins' current contract with the team expires in 2018, and he is yet to agree to a new deal.
Wiggins has until October 16 to sign the five-year, $148 million extension that was offered to him by Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, but he has yet to put pen to paper. However, during a recent interview in China during the team's preseason tour, he reassured fans that his future was in Minnesota.
Wiggins told USA TODAY Sports: “I’m just taking it day by day, you know? There’s no rush to do it, yet. I’ve still got some time before the day before that first game.”
When asked if he wanted to play for the Timberwolves, he said: “This is definitely where I want to be; definitely where I want to be.”
And when asked if he would eventually sign the deal with Minnesota, he said, “Ah, eventually. I’m just going to take it day by day. There’s no rush to do it. We’re going through preseason and I’m all the way here in China.”
It's obviously a bit nerve wrecking for Timberwolves fans to see one of their best players to leave it so late before signing a new deal with the team, but so long as they believe his words that he isn't going anywhere, they shouldn't have anything to worry about.