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Acquiring guard Andrew Wiggins in 2014 was the first step the Timberwolves took to relevancy, jumping them to the top of the NBA’s up-and-coming teams.
By adding Karl Anthony-Towns the next year in the draft and Jimmy Butler via trade a month ago, the Timberwolves are now a force to be reckoned with. And they apparently want to remain that way for years to come by signing their talented young players for the foreseeable future.
Wiggins is the first up for an extension, and the Timberwolves have plans to get that done soon, according to ESPN.
We’re working on it right now, team president Tom Thibodeau said at an introductory press conference for Jamal Crawford.
The former University of Kansas guard is locked up through the 2018-19 season, and the extension is for five years worth some $148 million, ESPN reported.
Elite Kids Roberto Aguayo Jersey Wiggins averaged a career-high 23.6 points in 2016-17 and added 2.3 assists per game.
Tucker might be the surest bet to be moved on Thursday of any player on the market. He is in the final year of his contract, he can be a solid wing defender for a contending team and he won’t cost much either in salary (final year of a deal paying $5.3 million) or assets needed to acquire him.
It’s that last aspect that has Phoenix sitting tight until late in the game. Ultimately, they’d like a first-round pick in return for Tucker, even a future first-rounder that they can package in a trade down the line. But because Tucker is mostly likely a rental, teams that are interested in him have been reluctant to part with a pick. The hope for the Suns is that the horde of teams interested in Tucker 鈥?Utah, Boston, the Clippers, Denver, Minnesota, Atlanta, Chicago 鈥?will wind up creating enough bidding as the deadline approaches to convince some team to give up a first-rounder.