Andrew Wiggins Says He 'Would Love' to Sign Contract Extension with Warriors

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 18, 2022

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 16: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors smiles after Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 16, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Andrew Wiggins has one year and $33.6 million remaining on his contract with the Golden State Warriors and is set to become a free agent next summer.

But if the Dubs are interested in a contract extension, Wiggins—fresh off of winning a title with the organization—is ready to stay in the Bay Area.

"I'd love to stay here," he told reporters Saturday. "Being here is top-notch... we're all one big family. A lot of places say that, but they show that through their actions."

The 27-year-old was Golden State's second-most-important player in the NBA Finals behind Steph Curry, averaging 18.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game while playing suffocating defense on Boston Celtics' star Jayson Tatum.

The former top overall pick was also a first-time All-Star this past season, putting up 17.2 points per game during the regular season while shooting a career-best 39.3 percent from three.

Wiggins has had a fascinating transformation during his NBA career, going from a highly hyped prospect for the Minnesota Timberwolves to a somewhat underachieving wing option for the team, as his partnership with Karl-Anthony Towns and eventually Jimmy Butler never quite elevated the Wolves to contender status.

He was traded to the Dubs in the 2019-20 season in the deal that sent D'Angelo Russell back to Minny, and the initial belief was that the Warriors would ultimately use him and their draft assets to put another veteran star next to Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Instead, Wiggins made himself an indispensable part of this year's championship team, finally living up to the promise he showed coming out of Kansas.

That makes him a very real candidate to sign a lucrative extension this offseason, with Wiggins and Jordan Poole joking during the team's Game 6 celebration that a bag was incoming for both of them:

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“WE BOUT TO GET A BAG” 💰 <br><br>[via Jordan_Poole/IG] <a href="https://t.co/bbSB2YrMIk">pic.twitter.com/bbSB2YrMIk</a>

It won't be cheap to keep these Warriors together. But to this point, the Dubs haven't shied away from spending. To keep Wiggins, they'll need to take that mentality to the extreme.