Andrew Wiggins won’t play for Canada in Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, Ian Mahinmi and (maybe) Nicolas Batum are out for France in its Olympic Qualifying Tournament

That opens the door for Canada – but its roster won’t be at full strength, either.

Andrew Wiggins is also out.

Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis StarTribune:

https://twitter.com/JerryZgoda/status/741341686530334720

Canada could’ve qualified for the Rio Olympics last summer, but Canada fell to Venezuela in the FIBA Americas semifinals. Wiggins called it the worst loss of his career. Canada surely would’ve loved to see him avenge it, but that won’t happen this summer.

The Timberwolves have a promising future with Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns. Tom Thibodeau surely has big plans for playing those two. I can see why Wiggins would need a little extra rest to prepare for the upcoming season.