Andrew Wiggins has no illusions about how some Timberwolves fans may view the five-plus seasons Wiggins spent in Minnesota — that some wanted more out of his time here than just one playoff appearance after the Wolves traded for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick in the summer he was drafted.
If ever fans wondered if Wiggins heard the jeers along with the cheers: he did.
"Shoot, they probably got a lot of mixed feelings," Wiggins said in a recent interview with the Star Tribune. "So it is what it is over there. Some might love me. Some might hate me."
Wiggins let out a laugh as he spoke, and though it was a phone interview you could picture Wiggins' trademark wide smile lighting up his face.
It has been nearly a year since the Wolves and Warriors engaged in a headline-grabbing trade at the deadline that saw Wiggins head west — along with a top-three protected 2021 first-round pick — for D'Angelo Russell, the point guard the Wolves envision playing a long time beside Karl-Anthony Towns.
As Wiggins gets ready to face his former team for the first time Monday, he harbors no ill will toward fans, the franchise or President Gersson Rosas for trading him. In fact, he sounded thankful for the fresh start — and recognized that maybe he wasn't the ideal fit to play with Towns that Russell could be.