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Minnesota Timberwolves SG Andrew Wiggins won't play for Team Canada

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The Sports Xchange
Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins. (Instagram)
Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins. (Instagram)

Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Andrew Wiggins announced Friday that he won't play for Team Canada or in the Summer Olympics should Canada qualify.

Wiggins said he decided to place his focus on preparing for Minnesota's upcoming season.

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"After much thought, consideration and speaking with my family, I will not be participating in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the Canadian Men's National Team in July," Wiggins said in a statement. "As my third NBA season approaches, I understand my increased role with the Timberwolves and dedication to the upcoming season must have my total focus.

"We are building a championship contending team, which has always been my goal. This was definitely not an easy decision and I fully support and wish Team Canada nothing but success this summer."

The Timberwolves have renewed optimism after hiring former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau to lead the team. Wiggins is one of the building blocks of the young squad after winning NBA Rookie of the Year honors two seasons ago and averaging 20.7 points last season.

Teammate Karl-Anthony Towns followed Wiggins by winning top rookie honors this past season.

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Wiggins' decision comes shortly after two-time MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors announced he won't play for the United States.

Other NBA players who won't be part of the U.S. team for health reasons include LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Chris Paul (Clippers) and John Wall (Washington Wizards).

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