On Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers walked away from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with two new additions to their roster: Kansas shooting guard/small forward Andrew Wiggins and Virginia sharpshooter Joe Harris. The following afternoon, Wiggins was flown into Cleveland to be officially introduced as a member of the team. With the No. 1 selection in this year’s draft, the Cavs finally came to a decision early Thursday to make Wiggins their third No. 1 pick in four years. With the third selection in the second round, the Cavs were able to grab Harris, who general manager David Griffin thinks will help out with the team’s outside shooting troubles.
The team had its introductory press conference at the Cleveland Clinic Courts on Friday afternoon for Wiggins, who was joined by Griffin and new head coach David Blatt. You can watch the video, made available by nba.com/cavaliers, at the Cavaliers’ live feed.
Griffin mentioned during the press conference that he was excited to have Wiggins as a member of the team because of his abilities as a two-way player. He also talked about the selection of Wiggins being a “very long and thorough” process that took much of this offseason to finally come to a decision hours before the draft, but also said that the team settled on Wiggins pretty early.
Wiggins was presented with a No. 21 jersey, a nod to his father, Mitchell Wiggins. The 2014 No. 1 pick also already has some prior chemistry to joining the Cavs being from Canada, since Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson both played in the area growing up. He also said that one of his goals as an NBA player to be on the All-Defensive team.