Cleveland is drawing closer to dealing Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota. It might not seem like it now, but that could end up being best for his career.
Wiggins right to desire an NBA home where he’s wanted
The thing about being the #1 pick in the NBA draft is expectations. They are always sky high with fans and experts alike believing you should have the talent and knowhow to become a pro basketball Hall of Famer and lead your team to a championship. Apparently the Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t giving Andrew Wiggins that chance as they prepare to deal him to the Timberwolves in blockbuster deal.
Not that the hoopla has rattled the Kansas product very much. He performed very well in the Summer League despite the growing rumors and reflected an honest but calm approach to them when asked shortly after.
“I just want to play for a team that wants me. So whichever team wants me I’ll play for,” he said in a SportsCenter interview.
That is a perfectly reasonable stance to have. The trade idea doesn’t mean so much that the Cavs dislike Wiggins, but their keen interest to win right away has push them to become aggressive on the market. They don’t want to wait for him to develop. Not that moving out of Cleveland is such a bad thing.
Kevin Love trade will get him away from LeBron James
If the optimist were to take a clear look at the Cleveland situation, it would show a team that is ready to contend, yes. However, from the perspective of a #1 pick like Andrew Wiggins it wouldn’t be about him if the Cavaliers did end up winning the championship. It would be about LeBron James, the man who spurned the city four years ago to solidify his legacy and then returned like nothing happened. His legacy would overshadow everything done by the Cleveland team, something a player like Wiggins might not want.
Who likes living in the shadow of another player? Wiggins was supposed to be the guy who could turn a franchise around, not play second fiddle to a veteran like James. By becoming part of the Kevin Love trade the 19-year old will have a chance to go to a city and a team that is desperate for a hero.
The road ahead will be a difficult one for Andrew Wiggins. However, if he stays the course he might look back on the coming trade as one of the best things that ever happened to him.