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’ Glen Taylor Not Ready to Give Up on Andrew Wiggins
The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a busy offseason from trying to work out a new deal for Karl-Anthony Towns to having their offer rejected by Jimmy Butler, the offseason has been kind of a roller coaster for the franchise.
Heading into the 2028-2019 season, Minnesota is hoping that Andrew Wiggins can put a poor season behind him and get back to playing to his potential.
Timberwolves team owner Glen Taylor isn’t ready to give up on the young Wiggins.
“I just think you want to take a person and not give up on them when they’re that young, no matter what. I just think you have to be really careful not to give up on him,” Taylor said, during an appearance on 1500 ESPN (h/t theScore’s William Lou).
“You can look at a lot of players, and it took them three or four years to get better, and they keep getting better from the experience and the confidence. I don’t see why Andrew won’t be one of those people because he has such natural ability.”
Jimmy Butler Reportedly Rejects Wolves’ 4-Year, $110M Contract Extension Offer
Per Wolfon’s report, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said that the All-Star forward turned down a four-year extension in the $110 million range.
Wolves Optimistic Believe They Can Sign Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Smooth Out Issues
The Minnesota Timberwolves have a big task ahead of them as they look to lock up both Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns on long-term extensions, and also iron out any underlying issues that may exist.
Minnesota has already taken care of Andrew Wiggins, signing him to a five-year, $150 million deal last season and now they look towards their two biggest superstars.
According to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczyncki, the organization is optimistic it can get deals done for both players and iron out any issues between the two.’
Per the report:
“There is optimism throughout the organization that the two sides will eventually reach agreement, and a belief that the concerns about team chemistry can be smoothed over as time goes on,”
With Butler stating that he is not going to sign an extension this summer, and with rumors swirling that he is eyeing forming a tandem with Kyrie Irving in the Eastern Conference, the Wolves have their work cut out for them, especially considering that they will have to keep their cap in mind when discussing any deals.
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