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Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins Eyeing Max Contract Extension

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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].”

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Timberwolves Sign Ryan Saunders to Multiyear Contract

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are making sure that their new head coach is sticking around for a long time.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Wolves have agreed to a multi-year contract with Ryan Saunders to stay in his newly minted head coaching role for the long-term.

Saunders took over in Minnesota after Tom Thibodeau was fired, becoming the youngest head coach in the league at age 32, posting a 17-25 record following his taking over.

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Timberwolves’ Ryan Saunders Expected to Become Permanent Head Coach

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Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over the helm when the team fired Tom Thibodeau, is expected to become the team’s permanent head coach, shedding the interim tag.

According to Britt Robson of The Athletic, Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor has already implemented changes in the organization following what proved to be a taxing and tumultuous season, but Saunders won’t be among any widespread changes.

Saunders led the team to a 17-25 record during his 42 game stint with the team.

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Timberwolves Launch Search for a President Of Basketball Operations

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have launched an official search for a new President of Basketball Operations to replace the departed Tom Thibodeau, who was fired as head coach and president during the regular season.

The team made the announcement regarding the search via an official press release.

“In the absence of Tom, I want to thank all who picked up his responsibilities this past year,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “… They worked through a season with many injuries requiring many challenges in our player lineup. We are incredibly grateful to them for all of their hard work and commitment to the franchise.

“The future of the Minnesota Timberwolves continues to be very bright,” Taylor continued.

“It’s more important than ever that we find a leader who can build a successful team in today’s fast-paced NBA. We have the cornerstones of a very talented team and need to assemble the final pieces that will elevate us into a playoff team and one that can compete for championships.”

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