Report: Wiggins has 'whispered to teammates' that he's unhappy as 3rd option
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The arrival of Jimmy Butler has propelled the Minnesota Timberwolves toward legitimacy, but it's also necessitated some sacrifices from the team's incumbent rising stars, as both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins have seen significant decreases in their usage rates and scoring outputs this season

Towns, though, has remained ultra-productive at the offensive end, and the Wolves have responded by making him more of a go-to option with Butler sidelined. Wiggins has had a tougher time adapting to the new hierarchy; he's having the least efficient season of his career, and his diminished role is reportedly starting to weigh on him.

Wiggins has "whispered to teammates" that he's unhappy being a third option behind Butler and Towns, Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports.

Wiggins is still averaging considerably more field-goal attempts per 100 possessions than Towns (22 to 19.6) and using a higher percentage of Minnesota's possessions (23.7 to 22.4), so perhaps he's reacting to the last two games, which have seen the Wolves pivot toward a more Towns-centric offense, limiting Wiggins' usage to a pedestrian 20.9 percent. Maybe he's preemptively concerned about his usage slipping even lower when Butler returns.

It's worth noting, though, that Wiggins has thrived in those two games - both Wolves wins - with a 59.7 percent true shooting mark and a team-best 13.6 net rating.

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Report: Wiggins has 'whispered to teammates' that he's unhappy as 3rd option
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