Is Andrew Wiggins on the Trade Block?

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It’s difficult to comprehend that Andrew Wiggins was drafted 1st overall just five years ago. The 24-year-old, athletic freak, out of Kansas will be entering his 6th NBA season for the Minnesota Timberwolves this year, or is he?

Yesterday Trey Rodriguez broke news that the Minnesota Timberwolves were “aggressively shopping” Andrew Wiggins. Through five NBA seasons, and 400 NBA games, Andrew Wiggins is averaging 19.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. Those look like great stats on paper, but Wiggins has never shot 46% or better from the field.

Andrew Wiggins’s lengthy build and athleticism seem like signs of a good defensive player, but that is not the case with Wiggins. Wiggins’s defensive plus-minus ranks 88th out of all small-forwards in the NBA, according to ESPN. With obvious flaws in his game, and a contract paying an annual salary of about $36.9 million, what NBA teams should take a risk on Wiggins?

Miami Heat

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The Miami Heat are a team that is stuck in mediocrity. Miami has been in trade/signing rumors for stars such as Jimmy Butler, Gordon Hayward, and John Wall in the past and they’ve been mentioned in the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes as well.

Minnesota Timberwolves receive: Josh Richardson, Ryan Anderson, pick No. 13

Miami Heat receive: Andrew Wiggins

Although Wiggins is not an all-star I think this is a fair package for both teams. Wiggins clearly needs a change of scenery and Miami needs to change their identity. Andrew could form into star in a big market such as Miami, while the Timberwolves receive complementary pieces to Karl Anthony-Towns and an additional lottery selection.

Chicago Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls have a very young core consisting of Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr. In the 2019 NBA draft lottery, the Bulls dropped to the No. 7 overall selection. Rumors have appeared that Chicago is not very content with the 7th overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

Minnesota Timberwolves receive: Otto Porter Jr, pick No. 7

Chicago Bulls receive: Andrew Wiggins, Keita Bates-Diop, pick No. 11

This mock trade could create major benefits for both teams. The Bulls will receive another athletic, young star that already has built chemistry with LaVine. The Timberwolves would get Otto Porter, who is less ball dominant than Wiggins, and move up in a pretty well-rounded NBA draft. This seems like a win-win for both squads.

New Orleans Pelicans

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This is a fantasy trade, but I would not be surprised if it occurred. The recent Anthony Davis trade, allowed the New Orleans Pelicans to receive another top five selection in the upcoming NBA draft. Reports have sufficed that Pelicans general manager, David Griffin, is already looking at possible deals for the pick. Minnesota is reportedly interested.

Minnesota Timberwolves receive: Jrue Holiday, Solomon Hill, pick No. 4

New Orleans Pelicans receive: Andrew Wiggins, Robert Covington, Josh Okogie, pick No. 11

This blockbuster trade would improve New Orleans young core even more. The Pelicans would have a top five young core with Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and Andrew Wiggins, but that’s not even including Zion Williamson! The Timberwolves would then be able to select Darius Garland with their pick and try to contend with Karl Anthony-Towns and Jrue Holiday.

 

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