Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves Negotiating 5-Year Contract Extension

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2017

Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins is congratulated by fans as he leaves the floor after his team the Golden State Warriors in an NBA basketball game Friday, March 10, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau announced Wednesday that the organization is working toward a contract extension with guard Andrew Wiggins.

According to ESPN.com, Thibodeau said the potential extension would be a five-year deal worth $148 million.

The designated rookie-scale extension would have to get done one day prior to the start of the regular season, and it would pay Wiggins $25.5 million in 2018-19, per ESPN.com.

Wiggins made another significant leap forward last season, as he averaged a career-high 23.6 points per game to go along with 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal.

He also shot 45.2 percent from the field and set a new personal best by connecting 35.6 percent of the time from long range.

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Along with big man Karl-Anthony Towns, the 22-year-old Wiggins is key in the T-Wolves being major players in the Western Conference for years to come.

Minnesota also added the versatile Jimmy Butler during an offseason trade with the Chicago Bulls, giving it a legitimate chance to end a 13-year postseason drought in 2017-18.

Wiggins is a former rookie of the year, and the decision to acquire him from the Cleveland Cavaliers for forward Kevin Love a few years ago is paying dividends considering the former Kansas standout's upward trajectory.

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