Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins is setting some major goals for the 2017-2018 and one of them is a new contract to remain in Minnesota.
Wiggins, 22, stated that he has some lofty goals including a playoff berth, an All-Star appearance a max rookie contract extension.
“We have great pieces, we added great pieces, and we have a great coaching staff,” Wiggins told The Crossover. “I think this year is the year.
Wiggins admitted he is taking a patient approach of “day by day” in regards to a new contract and the Wolves have until October 16th, the deadline for a rookie extension, to hammer out a deal.
Wiggins averaged a career-high 23.6 PPG, 4 RPG and 2.3 APG last season for Minnesota and says he is worth every penny of a max contract deal that could potentially fetch $148 million over 5 years with a starting salary of $25.5 million.
“I definitely do,” Wiggins said. “Nothing less.”
Wiggins is not only confident of his value but of Minnesota’s roster heading into the upcoming season.
“Our starting five is strong, we’re strong off the bench,” Wiggins said.
“We’re big. We play a lot of different positions. Weaknesses? You can say we haven’t played together yet. On defense, [you find success] when you’re ready to give in, when you’re ready to sacrifice yourself. Everyone can play defense. If you’re athletic and you can run, you can play defense. It’s a mindset. I think we were just a young team last year. We took breaks. We had good games where we played great defense and we had other games where we didn’t know what was happening.”
Wiggins also discussed his goal of making an All-Star appearance.
“[Being an All-Star] is definitely is a goal,” he said. “[To make it happen], we need to win first off, play good, and make my team better. Just rebound the ball more, that’d be the most important thing [to prove to voters].”