According to Kansas head coach, and former head coach for Andrew Wiggins, the first overall pick in this years NBA Draft does not want to play for the Cavaliers but would rather be traded to Minnesota.
Wiggins was working with Self at a basketball camp around Kansas City and while he declined to talk to reporters, the coach went on the record for him. He told reporters that Wiggins would rather be responsible for his own legacy in the NBA than play behind someone else’s.
“When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, ‘I hope I get traded.’ And I’m like, ‘No you don’t.’ And he said, ‘Coach, I do. It’s better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I’m forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they’re going to be patient with me and I’m going to be a piece.”
Wiggins, of course, is referring to playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. It seems he may be afraid he could become complacent playing with the superstars and would prefer to go to Minnesota where he can build something special.
It worked out well for Kevin Love in Minnesota, so why wouldn’t it work for Andrew Wiggins?
This should make the pending trade between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves (Kevin Love to Cleveland for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and 2015 first rounder) a lot easier for Cavaliers fans now that they know Wiggins doesn’t really want to be there anyway.