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Andrew Wiggins on Raptors rumors: No. 1 pick plans to stay with Timberwolves ‘very, very, very long time’

Andrew Wiggins, James Harden

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, left, is pressured by Houston Rockets’ James Harden in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)


Andrew Wiggins, a year before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, said he wanted to play for the Raptors.

The Raptors haven’t exactly hid their desire to add the Toronto native.

Is it bound to happen?

Wiggins is throwing cold water on the idea.

Jerry Zgoda of the StarTribune:

This a healthy attitude for Wiggins.

At the very earliest, he could leave the Timberwolves as an unrestricted free agent in 2019. And that would require taking significantly less money – likely the difference between a max contract and his $9,513,776 qualifying offer – for his fifth season.

Whether or not he likes it, he’s going to spend a while in Minnesota. He might as well try to like it.

The Timberwolves have a nice young core, and Wiggins has plenty of room to spread play and develop. So, there are legitimate reasons Wiggins should be pleased with his situation.

But Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love seemed pleased with their situations when they were younger. It’s just hard for Minnesota to retain its stars.

So, no matter what Wiggins says now, the Raptors can hold out hope they’ll eventually acquire the budding star. At least these two Toronto fans will: