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].”
Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Training to Think Like a Guard
Towns is training to add more guard-like skill sets to his arsenal
“We really did a lot of guard-oriented thought process,” trainer Matt Mazarei said, according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski.
“During his big-man work we were making him think like a guard, see every option, use those ball drills. He does it, but now it’s more of an emphasis. See the slashers early. He wants to get everyone involved. It’s a team game. That’s the only way they’re going to get into the playoffs.”
Towns posted 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game last season for Minnesota.
Wolves’ Ryan Saunders Wants Karl-Anthony Towns to Improve Pick and Roll Defense
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders is looking for superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns to improve one specific area of his defense this upcoming season.
His defense against pick and rolls.
“It’s his feel in terms of pick-and-roll coverage. Not being in no man’s land,” Saunders said, according to the Star Tribune’s Chris Hine. “With that, I understand the responsibility that we have as a staff and I have as a coach, we need to find what his best coverage is, and really commit to that, and for him to become very good at that coverage.”
While Towns has shown improvements on the defensive end of the court, he is not known for his defense, something that will need to improve id he plans on making a difference on an ascending Timberwolves team.
Timberwolves Haven’t Come Close to Trading Andrew Wiggins
According to the report, Wiggins’ camp was unhappy that his name kept coming up in trade rumors in an effort for the Wolves to clear the necessary cap space to sign then-free agent D’Angelo Russell.
The report states that the Wolves never had a deal worth considering, and they remain focused on putting Wiggins in positions where he can be more effective on the court.
Furthermore, Wolves’ head coach Ryan Saunders is implementing an offensive system that will better play to Wiggins’ strengths.
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