Although it may seem like a tough break for #1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins, after news surfaced that he’s being traded from the Cavs to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love, the NBA prospect actually preferred it, says his former coach.
According to the AP, the 19-year-old visited the summer basketball camp of his Kansas coach Bill Self over the weekend, during which he told him that he wanted to be traded. The coach said Wiggins “wants to carve out his own legacy in the NBA,” instead of being a piece in a system revolving around LeBron James.
“When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, ‘I hope I get traded,’ ” Self told the AP. “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.’
“Even though, in a weird way, everybody would love the opportunity to play with LeBron because you’re guaranteed winning. For the longevity of his career, he needs to develop that mindset to be the guy, for him to be great, and I think being [in] Minnesota will help him do that,” he continued.
Last week, reports surfaced that a deal between the Cavs and T-Wolves has been agreed upon, which would send Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick to Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love, who will join LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to form a new “Big 3” in Cleveland.
However, the deal cannot be consummated until Aug. 23, when Wiggins is eligible to be traded.