A fresh start for Andrew Wiggins seems possible, as the Warriors' forwards have continued to struggle this season.
As the Feb. 8 NBA trade deadline approaches, Wiggins' name has been linked to several rumors, with potential suitors reportedly expressing interest.
The Dallas Mavericks were one of many teams to acquire All-Star forward Pascal Siakam from the Toronto Raptors, along with other versatile forwards such as Wiggins, P.J. Washington, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Yahoo! The connection continues. Sports' Jake Fischer reported Wednesday, citing a source close to the league.
Fletcher's report was previously ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.The Indiana Pacers are finalizing a trade to acquire Siakam in a deal that would send Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwoah and three first-round picks to Toronto, sources said.
So with Siakam reportedly off the board, attention may turn to other options like Wiggins.
The two-way forward was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 and then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a three-team trade, starting his NBA career before the Warriors acquired him at the 2020 trade deadline. He spent six seasons there. .
With the Warriors, Wiggins found a new home in the Bay, averaging 16.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block in 34.9 minutes per game, leading to the 2022 NBA championship. He made a great contribution to the ship. Title run in progress.
But the 28-year-old is the solution to an increasingly frustrating season, as he's experiencing career lows almost across the board, with 11.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting from the field and 29.6 percent from 3-point range. have not been found. He had 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.3 minutes. He's no longer guaranteed a spot in the starting rotation, as he came off the bench in 11 of the 36 games he played for Golden State this season.
Last week, NBA Insider Marc Stein reported that NBA teams expected the Warriors to be “open” to trading Wiggins, but earlier this week, ESPN's Marc Spears reported that an unnamed general manager reported that he was told, “Wiggins doesn't have much value at this point.'' Forwards are packaged with other people or additional assets.
Wiggins is also in the first year of a four-year, $109 million contract extension with Golden State.
Dallas is currently in fifth place in the West at 24-17 and is much better than the team they were at this point last season. But the Mavericks are looking for more additions and could make a call or two to Warriors GM Mike Dunleavy.
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