Even though Kevin Love can’t be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a deal involving Andrew Wiggins until August 23, it is just a matter of counting down the days at this point. Yahoo Sports reported this past week that the teams have agreed to a deal that would send Love to the Cavs for Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick, so it looks like the two No. 1 overall picks from the past two seasons and a future first rounder will be heading Minnesota’s way. There have been many arguments posed toward both keeping Wiggins and his potential or putting some talented youth up for sale for the sake of being a championship contender this season.
But now, according to Andrew Wiggins’s former collegiate coach Bill Self, it seems as if the 2014 No. 1 pick sees Minnesota as a better fit for him than Cleveland. Wiggins told his former coach that he wants to be traded to Minnesota because he feels that he will have a better long-term future with the Timberwolves. With Love being swapped for Wiggins, Bennett and a future first-round pick, Wiggins would have the room in Minnesota to grow as a superstar instead of being the third or fourth cog on an Eastern Conference playoff team.
Although you can argue that having LeBron James as a mentor would have been extremely beneficial for the athletic Andrew Wiggins, the former Kansas Jayhawk will be able to take on a role similar to what Kyrie Irving walked into with the Cavaliers three years ago. Wiggins will be able to blaze his own path in the NBA on the Timberwolves instead of following in the footsteps of current superstars.
Here is some of what Andrew Wiggins had to say to Self regarding his thoughts on the Love trade rumors:
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.