The Timberwolves are willing to dish out the money for Andrew Wiggins, but they want to make sure Wiggins is just as serious about them.
Team owner Glen Taylor said he wants to have an in-person meeting with Wiggins about his future with the ‘Wolves and how he plans on working to getting the team to a playoff level.
To me, by making this offer, I’m speculating that his contribution to the team will be more in the future, Taylor told The Associated Press. We’ve got to be better. He can’t be paid just for what he’s doing today. He’s got to be better.
Irving has been heavily linked with a move to either the Knicks or Spurs. In New York, Irving would be the focal point — as long as Carmelo Anthony goes the other way — which means he could be the man to save the dysfunctional franchise.
Irving would likely run into a similar problem in San Antonio, as Kawhi Leonard has reached superstar status. The Spurs are Leonard’s team.
The actual process of moving the two stars could become complicated. The Cavaliers are stuck with a number of large contracts, so they don’t have much salary cap space to add another piece. Losing Irving’s contract would help, but the star point guard could end up stuck in Cleveland if the Cavs are not comfortable with the offers they receive.
Players seeking a transfer in European football are first at the mercy of their current teams. In Neymar’s case, Barcelona has set a €222 million (that’s roughly $258 million in U.S. dollars) buyout clause on the player, which means PSG has to pay that huge sum to the Catalan Giants before paying Neymar.
While there is no salary cap in European football, financial fair play helps even out spending throughout Europe’s biggest leagues. PSG has already spent money during the summer transfer window, which means they would be hard-pressed to fund a spending spree on Neymar.