Taylor said Monday that he is ready to commit nearly $150 million to Wiggins with a max-level extension of his rookie contract but doing so comes with a caveat.
Taylor wants a face-to-face meeting with Wiggins first and wants the same level of commitment from the 22-year old.
“To me, by making this offer, I’m speculating that his contribution to the team will be more in the future,” Taylor told The Associated Press.
“We’ve got to be better. He can’t be paid just for what he’s doing today. He’s got to be better.
Wiggins has improved each of his three seasons in the NBA and the Wolves have made major improvement this offseason with the additions of Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford in free agency.
“So when you’re talking about negotiations on his part, I’m already extending to him that I’m willing to meet the max. But there are some things that I need out of him, and that is the commitment to be a better player than you are today.”
The commitment to staying in Minnesota long-term is important to Taylor, especially with today’s NBA climate of players jumping ship to form alliances with other superstar players.
“I just think it’s important,” Taylor said.
“If a guy is a real star and he really cares about it, which I think he does, I think it’s a commitment. I’m not sure that he wouldn’t do it anyway. But I think that’s part of the negotiations.”
And that commitment from Wiggins, a rising stat, is very important to Taylor as the two sides move forward.
“I think it’s important. I don’t know what else you can do but look at the person face-to-face and trust that he will follow through,” Taylor said about the importance of a verbal commitment in a face-to-face meeting.
“He seems like a very good person. He seems to have the ability, and so the only thing it would be is for some reason he didn’t work hard enough to obtain the skill sets. That’s what you’re asking him to commit to.”
Along with Karl-Anthony Towns, Taylor knows that the Wolves have a rare opportunity to build something special and doesn’t want that opportunity to go to waste.
“I just think they appear to have exceptional skills,” Taylor explained.
“You don’t have chances to get players like that very often. So you better take advantage of it while you can.”
Wolves Willing to Trade Jimmy Butler Anywhere But Houston
Per Stein’s report:
The Wolves, in short, want to trade Butler pretty much anywhere but Houston. But if the Rockets’ offer between now and then is indeed the best offer that surfaces, Minnesota would be foolish to just dismiss it.
Had the Rockets included either Eric Gordon or P.J. Tucker along with those four future first-round picks in their most recent offer, we might have already seen a deal. But Houston is clearly trying to make this trade happen without giving up either one of those players.
Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell Discusses Altercation with Wolves’ Derrick Rose
When it comes to anyone messing with his teammates, Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell isn’t playing around, and he wasn’t going to stand for Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose approaching Milos Teodosic after some chippy play during Monday night’s game.
“I’m the type of player who sticks up for his teammates,” Harroll said, according to ClutchPoints. “So honestly, when the altercation happened, when I saw D-Rose walking up on my teammate, that’s when it was time for me step in.
“I really don’t care what people feel about it,” Harrell added. “I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t. I’m the type of player who plays for his teammates. I play for the guys that are on the court with me. And I feel like, at that point in time, Derrick Rose went after a person who really wasn’t even trying to cause that type of situation.”
Harell finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and three steals in the victory over Minnesota.
Wolves’ Derrick Rose Talks Career Night
Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Rose may have had the “feel good” game of the season when he dropped a career high 50 points in the Wolves home win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night that showed Rose return to form.
Rose, who has dealt with a number of injuries since his MVP season several years ago, was emotional following the game.
“I worked my ass off,” Rose said, in a post-game interview with Fox Sports. “I did this for the franchise, the fans, the organization.
“I’m doing everything just to win, and tonight was a hell of a night.”
“He has courage, he has humility and he has character,” Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He’s been through a lot of adversity. He’s maybe one of the most mentally tough people I’ve ever come across.”
“He made a lot of plays, made some tough shots,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We had some breakdowns, a little bit of everything.”
“It still didn’t even hit me yet,” Rose said. “Words can’t explain how I feel right now. It’s been a while.”
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