Why Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins trade with Minnesota is franchise’s greatest

Andrew Wigggins’ viral moment against Luka Doncic in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Sunday night had staying power. Well more than 12 hours after Wiggins glided through the key and hammered home an emphatic dunk over Doncic, social media, sports-talk radio and ESPN were still abuzz about the sequence.

As time passed, the national conversation turned from the slam itself to what it represented. That lasting image of Wiggins soaring over the NBA’s wunderkind offered striking, visual proof of what many already had come to realize: Once a scapegoat for the Timberwolves’ dysfunction, Wiggins is suddenly a bona fide playoff difference-maker.

If the Warriors win their first NBA title since 2018 in a few weeks, Wiggins will deserve much of the credit. And so, too, will general manager Bob Myers, who had to do the seemingly impossible: manage without salary-cap space to parlay Kevin Durant’s departure into two franchise cornerstones – one for the present (Wiggins) and another for the future (Jonathan Kuminga) ).

This season has cemented that move with Minnesota at the 2020 deadline as perhaps the greatest trade in Warriors history. As Wiggins helps vault the franchise back onto the sport’s biggest stage, Kuminga offers plenty of optimism for Golden State’s long-term future.

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