The Extension Of Andrew Wiggins Likely Rules Out A Trade For Kyrie Irving

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The Minnesota Timberwolves were one of several preferred destinations mentioned by Kyrie Irving as a potential landing spot. The Timberwolves have reportedly submitted an offer to the Cavaliers to get Kyrie, but we don’t know exactly what that offer was. The Cavaliers wouldn’t give up Kyrie for just anything. If the offer was big enough, we probably would have received news that a trade was in the works.

Acquiring Kyrie from the Cavs would likely require one of the Timberwolves stars. Among Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl-Anthony Towns, Wiggins has been the most talked about in potential trade packages for Kyrie Irving. Although Wiggins has been linked to the Cavaliers, the likelihood of a Cavs – Timberwolves trade is looking less likely now that Minnesota is working on a contract extension for Wiggins.

Just a few days ago, the Timberwolves were being considered one of the front-runners to land the Cavs star point guard. Soon after that, we got reports that the Timberwolves were working on a contract extension with Wiggins. In my opinion, if the Timberwolves are signing Wiggins to a long term deal, that rules out a trade for Kyrie. The Timberwolves still have Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns they could include in trade packages, but I don’t see either of those players being traded.

The Timberwolves just traded for Butler, and Karl-Anthony Towns is a 21 year-old star who projects to be one of the best players in the league in just a few years. If a deal with the Cavs was going to include a star player, it was always going to be Andrew Wiggins.

Without a star player included in a trade, the Timberwolves have very little to offer. They signed Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson, and Jamal Crawford this offseason, but none of them can be traded until December 15th because they were free agents signed in the summer. The Cavaliers have considered holding on to Kyrie until after December 15th, but with the way this whole situation has gone down, it doesn’t seem likely that they’ll wait until then.

The Cavaliers are looking to trade Kyrie Irving right now. It would be better for them to get Kyrie off the team as soon as possible. Having Kyrie on the team is a problem. The sooner the Cavs can remove their problem, the better. Even if the Cavs did decide to wait until December 15th, being able to trade for players like Teague, Gibson, and Crawford, isn’t that enticing unless Andrew Wiggins is thrown in with them.

If Wiggins, Butler, Towns, Teague, Gibson, and Crawford are all out of the picture, who does that leave Minnesota with? Shabazz Muhammad, Tyus Jones, and some players only Timberwolves fans would know isn’t going to be even close to enough to get Kyrie Irving.

Kyrie Irving isn’t the future of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler, and Karl-Anthony Towns are. Andrew Wiggins is likely going to be a member of the Timberwolves for a long time.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said this of Wiggins, “First of all, I think he likes it here, we like him, he can get the very best contract from me, better than he can get from anyone else. “I don’t think we have any trouble of offering him the max anyway. We want to sign him to a long-term contract, we want to keep him here, and we’re negotiating with his agent. But we just started that negotiation, and we have quite some time to get that done.”

Taylor’s comments of Wiggins tells me that Wiggins isn’t going anywhere. Wiggins is a big part of their future. While some Timberwolves fans might be disappointed they won’t get Kyrie Irving, keeping Andrew Wiggins is no reason to be disappointed. This is a player who averaged 23.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists at the age of 22. He’s still a few years away from his prime. Just because the Timberwolves haven’t been a winning team with Wiggins yet, it doesn’t mean they won’t be soon.

The Timberwolves have improved their record every year since Wiggins has been on the team. With two rising stars under the age of 22, and now a veteran star in Jimmy Butler, expect the Timberwolves to continue their improvement. Timberwolves fans, don’t be upset you won’t get Kyrie Irving, be grateful for what you do have and look forward to what’s coming.


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