Timberwolves sign Andrew Wiggins to reported 5-year, $148M extension

Andrew Wiggins

The Timberwolves and Andrew Wiggins have agreed on a multi-year contract extension that will keep the young wing in a new-look Wolves uniform. The 22-year-old swingman is coming off a career-high 23.6 points per game, but it'll be interesting to see how he adapts to playing next to Jimmy Butler. However, according to The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps, the deal is presumably worth the maximum of $148 million over five years.

"I definitely do", Wiggins told Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated in July.

"We feel strongly that he is just scratching the surface of the player he will become", coach Tom Thibodeau said in a statement.

He is durable, having missed only one game in his first three seasons, including a rookie of the year campaign in 2014-15, and he fit seamlessly with Towns last season, giving rise to optimism around a Minnesota team that hasn't been in the National Basketball Association playoffs since 2004.

"This is definitely where I want to be; definitely where I want to be", Wiggins said, via USA Today's Sam Amick.

Wiggins, who was traded to Minnesota in 2014 after the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted him No. 1 overall, has tremendous leverage in negotiations.

Wiggins will make more almost double that of Tristan Thompson, whose $16.4 million contract ranks second among Canadian NBA players.

The new deal also makes Wiggins the highest-paid Canadian NBA player of all-time.



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