Andrew Wiggins wants to stay with the Golden State Warriors

Andrew Wiggins finally fulfilled his potential last season and helped the Golden State Warriors win the championship. Wiggins is entering the final year of his contract and is eligible to sign an extension. The latest NBA rumors suggest the former first overall pick wants to stay in the Golden State.

A Western Conference executive told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney that Wiggins was too willing to stay with the Warriors. The one-time All-Star is open to signing a new contract, which may or may not come. The manager compared Wiggnins’ situation to Harrison Barnes’ in 2016 but could draw a different conclusion.

“Wiggins is like the opposite version of Harrison Barnes, where Barnes won rings early on, then wanted to get a bigger role and be the star,” the manager said. “He’s had to do that for some bad teams. Now it’s like, ‘Gosh, I wish I could win again.’ Wiggins is going the opposite way, he’s pretty determined to stay with the Warriors if they can pay him.”

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Andrew Wiggins averaged 17.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game last season. He was voted an All-Star Starter and drafted to Team Durant. Wiggins was solid throughout the playoffs, averaging 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game.

He understood what he had to do to help the warriors succeed. He defended the opposing team’s best perimeter player. He also did the dirty work, hitting rebounds, forcing turnovers, and blocking shots. However, he also knew when to shoot at critical points in games.

A prime example was his performance in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Andrew Wiggins had 26 points and 13 rebounds on a night that left Steph Curry stone cold. Wiggins defended Jayson Tatum and shot at the other end. His dunk late in the fourth quarter slammed the door shot to the Boston Celtics.

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Can the Golden State Warriors sign Andrew Wiggins?

Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors
Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors

As previously mentioned, Andrew Wiggins is eligible to sign an extension with the Golden State Warriors. Wiggins is in the final year of his contract and will become a full free agent next summer.

However, the Warriors find themselves in a dilemma as Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole are also eligible for extensions. Team ownership may not be able to pay for them all, meaning a player is likely to be traded or lost in the free hand.

According to the West manager mentioned above, Poole could be the odd man out of the four players. He’ll likely take a step back for a fully healthy Thompson as Green is an indispensable member of the Warriors. The executive also pointed out that if Green or Thompson leave, Curry won’t be happy.

“Klay and Draymond, but that would be different,” said the manager. “If you’ve moved away from either of them, you’d better explain to Steph why, or you might offend him. .But they don’t want to find out.”

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The Warriors won their fourth championship in eight years last season.


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