Andrew Wiggins Trade Rumors: T-Wolves 'Actively Exploring Options' to Move SF

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIJune 20, 2019

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins stands on the court during a break in the action against the Charlotte Hornets in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 21, 2019. Charlotte won 113-106. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have been "actively exploring options" to unload Andrew Wiggins' contract, Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer reported following the team's trade with the Phoenix Suns for the No. 6 overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft. 

"That will prove a difficult task," Fischer added.

Wiggins signed a five-year, $147.7 million contract extension with Minnesota ahead of the 2017-18 season. Next season, the 2014 No. 1 overall pick is owed $27.5 million. 

The 24-year-old's career averages are nothing to scoff at—19.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists—but the difficulty involved with moving Wiggins stems from his max contract still having four full years remaining with no options attached. With that context, his career production doesn't cut it. 

On Wednesday's episode of ESPN's The Jump, however, Jorge Sedano relayed that Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas has "reached out to every team in the league," and Ramona Shelburne believes that eventually a buyer will emerge for Wiggins because of his age:

Any team interested in Wiggins will likely be hoping for the 2016-17 version of him to reappear, as he averaged a career-high 23.6 points.