There has been a lot of speculation around Andrew Wiggins’ future with the Golden State Warriors. He’s yet to play a complete season with the team, but there are already trade rumors flying around. However, TrueHoop’s Henry Abbot calls it a “genius move” if the Warriors were to give him a shot in the upcoming season.
On one hand, there are massive expectations from Bay Fans on watching Wiggins combine with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. We’re yet to witness their pairing as the Splash Brothers were out last season due to injuries. But here’s why Abbot thinks the Warriors might force a trade to send Wiggins out:
“If he just made less money, then everybody would love him,” Abbott said on the latest episode of the “Runnin’ Plays” Podcast. “It’s because he also is tying up so much salary cap space that this becomes a fraught decision.”
Wiggins roughly earns $28-30 million a year, which might take up a huge space in the team’s salary cap at the moment. His talent shone bright with the Wolves, but his lack of consistency raised a few eyebrows.
However, he can further expand his game with the Warriors as there’s a lot of extraordinary talent that will surround and groom him to develop his skillset.
“He’s been a limited player,” Abbot continued. “We would want him to shoot a little better. These are the kind of improvements that can happen when you have a team that is very good at giving you space.”
Thus, Abbot labels it to be a good move that Wiggins chose to join the Warriors.“It might be that [the Warriors] were absolutely genius, giving him a shot.”
Andrew Wiggins went down as the #1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. While that speaks volumes about his talent, he showcased the same on the court as well. But maybe the Wolves burdened Wiggins with too much responsibility at a tender age.
It took a toll on the youngster, and he could not deliver consistently. “When you are the go-to scorer on a bad team, you’re playing long minutes and you’re exhausted on offense. And you just can’t play hard every second,” Abbot explained.
However, this is not the case with the Golden State Warriors. Their roster is already filled with tremendous players, and Wiggins is just an addition to the mighty arsenal. Moreover, this gives a lot of scope for Wiggins to learn from his more experienced teammates and deliver when it matters.
“If you play fewer minutes, in a more limited role, then he can go hard. It would be very beneficial for him to play 100 percent the whole time,” added Abbot about Wiggins’ possible stint with the Warriors.
This is very much the case with the Warriors now. They have all the fire-power they need, and Wiggins can thrive with them. He is an incredible scorer and a reliant one. He might only get limited minutes to start with, but he’ll certainly gain a lot of inputs, more than he did while playing with the Wolves.
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