Wiggins open but undecided if he’ll play for Canada at FIBA World Cup


Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives to the basket. (Butch Dill/AP)

Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins is open to the idea of suiting up for Canada at the 2019 World Cup but remains undecided, Sportsnet’s Michael Grange reports.

Even more intriguing is the fact Wiggins apparently told Grange he was disappointed that Jay Triano was let go as the head coach of Canada’s senior men’s national team, as this effectively ends years of rumours that a rift had formed between Wiggins and Triano.

Wiggins hasn’t played for Canada since the 2015 FIBA Americup when Canada infamously lost to Venezuela in a game that could’ve sent the Canucks back to the Olympics for the first time since 2000. Wiggins was benched near the end of that game and cameras caught him looking visibly upset about it, leading to the rumoured breach between him and Triano.

Canada qualified for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and will begin its tournament in the brutal Group H that also features Australia, Lithuania and Senegal. The World Cup begins on Aug. 31.

Despite not having played for Canada for four years, Wiggins would still be a valuable member of the team as one of the most talented players the country has ever produced.

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