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Steve Kerr lowers expectations for Andrew Wiggins with Warriors

Andrew Wiggins will have the opportunity to jump-start his middling NBA career thanks to an arguably much-needed change of scenery, and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is committed to making sure the former No. 1 pick has every chance to do so.

Hailing Wiggins as an “electric athlete” whose athleticism will help him fill a role with the Warriors, Kerr pointed out that the 24-year-old guard/forward will face much less pressure than he did during his tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“There’s a difference in the role that we’re gonna ask him to play, too,” Kerr said during an appearance Thursday on KNBR 680, as transcribed by NBC Sports Bay Area. “Minnesota needed him to be a star. And we’re not asking him to be a star. We’re asking him to play a role on a team that already has some star players. There’s a huge difference there.”

Kerr also alluded to how the Warriors will provide an environment conducive to keeping Wiggins motivated, an issue that was viewed as a roadblock to him realizing his untapped potential in Minnesota.

There has been no question that Wiggins possesses elite-level talent, but the same questions about work ethic and the like have dogged him throughout his NBA career.

“He’s been in a tough spot and people have talked about him underachieving the last few years,” Kerr added, “so let’s see what we can do and let’s see what he can do next to a group of players who have been wildly successful.”

Wiggins is not expected to be in the Warriors lineup Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers but by all accounts will be ready for Monday’s tilt with the Miami Heat.