Andrew Wiggins ready to suit up for Canada at Olympic qualifier

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Canada Basketball says Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins is planning to play for the national men's team in the Olympic qualifying tournament later this summer in Victoria.

A native of Vaughan, Ont., Wiggins was 39th in NBA scoring this season, averaging 18.6 points per game.

The 26-year-old Wiggins played for Canada in 2015 at the 2016 Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico City.

Canada fell one win short of qualifying for the Olympics that year, losing 79-78 to Venezuela in the semifinals.

Wiggins was picked first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014 NBA draft.

The six-foot-seven Wiggins gives Canada coach Nick Nurse's team a big boost with Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray out with a knee injury.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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