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The Warriors traded for small forward Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves a couple of hours before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr offered his general thoughts on the acquisition Thursday afternoon during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"It's a positional fit when we're healthy," Kerr explained. "The big hole in the roster really is at the three. Wings are really hard to come by -- both in the draft and in free agency. Positionally, this makes a lot of sense.

"Wiggins is an electric athlete and we want to play fast. He's gonna be on the wing -- we're gonna try to push the ball ahead -- and we're gonna ask him to sprint the wing every time down the floor. He's got the length and the speed to fill that role as a small forward. There's a lot to like.

"He's been in a tough spot and people have talked about him underachieving the last few years, so let's see what we can do and let's see what he can do next to a group of players who have been wildly successful."

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but traded him two months later to Minnesota in the deal that sent Kevin Love to the Cavs.

The 24-year-old was viewed as a potential superstar who could take the T-Wolves to new heights, but he never reached those lofty expectations.

 

Wiggins won't be called upon to become that with the Warriors.

"There's a difference in the role that we're gonna ask him to play, too," Kerr said. "Minnesota needed him to be a star. And we're not asking him to be a star. We're asking him to play a role on a team that already has some star players. There's a huge difference there.

"When you have to play that role, it means bringing energy every night more than it means putting up numbers. He's very capable of giving us numbers, but what we need is energy and the commitment defensively and sprinting the floor."

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And as Kerr said:

Lastly, Wiggins might not play against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. But he absolutely should be in uniform Monday night against Andre Iguodala and the Miami Heat.

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