Andrew Wiggins to skip FIBA Olympic Qualifiers

Minnesota Timberwolves high-flyer Andrew Wiggins has announced that he will not be representing Canada at next month’s FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Wiggins will instead be focusing on working with the Timberwolves in preparation for his third season with the NBA franchise.

“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,” wrote Wiggins 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 Canadians will be based in Manila, Philippines and will be playing Turkey and Senegal in their group to be played on July 4-10.