Now that Andrew Wiggins is in Minnesota, Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com thinks there’s a decent shot the Kansas product ends up winning Rookie of the Year. Howard-Cooper didn’t like Wiggins’ chances to take in the award as a member of the stacked Cavs but sees him as one of the five most likely candidates as a result of his move to Minnesota. Here’s more from around the NBA:
- It’s unlikely that the Sixers buy out the recently acquired contracts of Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute, a source tells Tom Moore of Calkins Media (Twitter links). The duo was shipped to Philly in the Kevin Love deal.
- Acquiring Wiggins is an important step in the right direction, but Bradford Doolittle of ESPN.com identifies the needs he thinks the Wolves should address if they want to become true title contenders one day (Insider link).
- The Wolves are close to bringing a Canadian player into training camp, says Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun (on Twitter), but he doesn’t specifically identify who that player is. Brady Heslip, a Canadian out of Baylor, played on Minnesota’s Summer League squad and could be the player being referenced, but that’s just my own speculation.
- Chris Andersen is disappointed that LeBron James isn’t returning to the Heat, but the four-time MVP’s decision to leave Miami didn’t affect Andersen’s plans to return to South Beach, as he explains to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.