In an interview with the Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski on SiriusXM NBA Radio, former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell talked about the recent spate of Kyrie Irving trade rumors, and how Minnesota could land a deal for the talented guard. However, Chris Mannix of The Vertical reported Thursday that the Cavs would prefer a package headlined by Wiggins and Teague, who could slip into the starting five as Irving's replacement.
After three seasons in the National Basketball Association, can we conclude that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins is a max-contract player?
Kyrie Irving Trade: Could Andrew Wiggins return to Cleveland?
"We are talking to [Wiggins'] agent right now about extending him out another five years, so we can do that", Taylor said. He has since named San Antonio, Minnesota, Miami and NY as his preferred destinations to land at.More news: Sanchez not for sale, insists Arsenal's Wenger
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The Wolves are among the four teams mentioned by Irving as preferred trade destinations.
The issue here is that Wiggins is seen as nothing more than a one-dimensional player. With three years under the belt, Wiggins could potentially take his game to a new level under the tutelage of LeBron James.
"League sources told ESPN that both Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns have been doing their part to recruit Irving on the idea of playing alongside them in Minnesota, and they've made it known to Wolves management that they want to add the Cavs star to the mix".
If he is not included in a deal for Irving, it seems unlikely Minnesota would have enough assets to trade for the point guard considering they also traded for Jimmy Butler earlier this offseason. The Wolves can not trade point guard Jeff Teague until December 15 because he just joined the team on a three-year deal worth $57 million. "[To make it happen], we need to win first off, play good, and make my team better". "As of now, he's one of our best players, and sure, we expect him to be in camp".