According to Kansas coach, Bill Self, Cavaliers’ G Andrew Wiggins says that wants to be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the Kevin Love deal.
Who would honestly pass up the opportunity to play with F LeBron James, and for a team that seems destined to be the Eastern Conference representative in the NBA Finals?
There had to be something that Wiggins wouldn’t have liked about his situation with the Cavs. Of course, Self explains that Wiggins thinks that he needs to play for the Timberwolves in order for him to truly become a superstar and No. 1 scoring option. Wiggins said that being “a piece” for the Cavaliers would’ve given him time to develop, while in Minnesota, he feels that he will be forced to step up and be the No. 1 guy now. It worked for F Kevin Garnett, who was drafted by Minnesota to be their star, and was their main scoring option for many years.
Who knows how his career will end up, but I see Wiggins point. He was often criticized for not taking over games at Kansas, and it wasn’t until C Joel Embiid went down with injury that Wiggins was really forced to step up. If Wiggins would’ve somehow avoided being included in the Kevin Love trade, he would’ve likely been the fourth scoring option behind James, Love, and G Kyrie Irving.
Now, Wiggins and F Thaddeus Young will compete to be the No.1 option in Minnesota. They are the focal point of the team, and if the Wolves fail, the blame will surely be thrust upon Wiggins’ shoulders. But that’s what he wants, right?