Former NBA GM suggests Devin Booker, Andrew Wiggins could be traded in the future
Former Atlanta Hawks general manager Wes Wilcox appeared on NBA TV during a Monday schedule release special, discussing six players who could be traded next, including Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins.
The list included notables like Bradley Beal and Kevin Love, who have been rumored to be moved at some point, and also others like Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala, who are known to be intended to be dealt at some point.
Wilcox, however, classified Booker and Wiggins as “in the future” trade prospects, rather than immediate targets:
"Chris Paul and (Andre) Iguodala, we know that they're in the trade market and they're available. Of these other 4 names, we can probably take (Andrew) Wiggins and (Devin) Booker into the future." Former #Hawks GM Wes Wilcox on @NBATV
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The Suns have no intention to trade Devin Booker right now, given he has put up career highs each year he has been in the league. The 22-year-old was recently inked to a five-year, $158 million extension and is delivering in full, but his frustration could soon boil over if the Suns don’t manage to show any vestige of progress under new coach Monty Williams, his fifth head coach in five seasons.
Wiggins has been underwhelming through the bulk of his last few years, despite being the No. 1 pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, yet he has always managed to show just enough flashes of brilliance to give management hope he can turn it around. Timberwolves teammate Karl-Anthony Towns is far and above considered the franchise player, and if Wiggins has yet another season without much progress, the Wolves and new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas could consider shipping him out.
All this is conjecture at this point, as the NBA TV segment points out, but it would be smart to keep an eye on these two players and see how the season and their respective careers play out.