Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor recently made it clear the team was expecting Andrew Wiggins to sign the five-year max contract on the table. It took a bit longer than expected, but Wiggins has finally signed the deal.
The Wolves announced Wednesday they have locked up the 22-year-old Wiggins on a multi-year extension. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, per club policy, but it is said to be worth $146.5 million and doesn’t include a player option, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
“I’m pleased that we’ve reached an agreement with Andrew on a contract extension,” Taylor said in the statement. “Andrew is one of the best young players in the NBA and he has the talent and work ethic to get even better and be a foundation for our franchise for many years.”
Wiggins, the 6-8 phenom and former No. 1 pick out of Kansas, notched a career-high 23.6 points and added 4.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game over an 82-game schedule last season. His headliner was a 47-point outburst against the Los Angeles Lakers, one of five games in which he poured in 40 or more points.
“I’m very excited to continue my career with the Timberwolves,” Wiggins said in the statement. “I love it here. The fans and organization have supported me from my first day here in Minnesota. I want to thank Glen Taylor, Tom Thibodeau, the entire coaching staff and my teammates for believing in me. We’ve had some good times over the last three seasons, but the best is yet to come. I look forward to doing right by them and bringing this team to the postseason.”
Wiggins and the Timberwolves kick off the 2017-18 schedule on Oct. 17 against the San Antonio Spurs.