Most Likely Trade Destinations for Andrew Wiggins
By Max Staley
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Andrew Wiggins entered the 2014 NBA Draft as a highly-touted prospect out of a single season with Kanas, even earning the moniker "Maple Jordan." While Wiggins has occasionally flashed immense athleticism and upside, he hasn't really delivered on all the hype that he entered the league with.
His fit with the Minnesota Timberwolves has become less concrete, and the team is reportedly shopping him around the league this offseason. One roadblock, however, could be Wiggins' massive five-year, $147 million contract, which could make finding a trade partner a lot more complicated.
With that in mind, here are the most likely trade destinations for Wiggins this summer.
3. Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons have built a decent team around Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, but they lack perimeter scoring. Taking a gamble on Wiggins could make sense, as Detroit doesn't have many young assets, and the former No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick could still have some untapped potential. Wiggins could immediately provide a scoring punch in Detroit, and his athleticism might make him a more dangerous player in transition alongside Griffin and Drummond.
2. Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic have a ton of high-upside prospects on the roster, but most of these players are big men like Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon. Orlando could take a gamble on a perimeter player, as they did with Markelle Fultz, and the Magic could also move a player like Evan Fournier along with some draft assets to get this done. If they don't end up re-signing Nikola Vucevic, trading for Wiggins could allow Orlando to trot out one of the most athletic lineups in the league, though the floor spacing could still prove questionable.
1. Miami Heat
Despite going just 39-43 last season, the Miami Heat have one of the highest payrolls in the NBA. Miami is more or less locked into its current roster, which is a problem, as the Heat don't have a bonafide star to build around. While Wiggins certainly doesn't fit that star profile, he was once the No. 1 consensus high school prospect heading into college as well as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, so he could be a worthwhile gamble. Miami's cap situation is complicated, but the Heat could include someone like Josh Richardson to sweeten a potential deal.
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