Wiggins traded by Cleveland despite being No.1 overall pick in 2014 Draft…
After moving to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Andrew Wiggins’ former high school coach believes the top prospect “couldn’t care less” what LeBron James thinks of him.
Having been selected with the No.1 overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Wiggins would undoubtedly have been delighted to start his career with Cavs.
However, with James returning to the franchise, it became evident that the front office were keen to build a roster capable of challenging for an NBA title immediately, and ultimately Wiggins became an attractive bargaining chip in talks for Kevin Love.
With the 30-day waiting period over after he signed his rookie contract with the Cavs, Wiggins will now move to the Timberwolves along with Anthony Bennett while Love was welcomed to Cleveland by James in a special Instagram post on Saturday.
James has remained silent on Wiggins throughout the process, with the latter conceding in an interview last month that he hadn’t spoken to the 29-year-old due to the fact that he was undoubtedly busy with his own life after leaving the Miami Heat to return to Cleveland.
However, the former league MVP has seemingly still not reached out to Wiggins throughout the entire process as he now looks ahead to competing for a championship alongside Love and point guard Kyrie Irving in the franchise’s new ‘Big Three’.
“Andrew is such a good kid; he’s just a classy kid, very humble, very respectful,” Rob Fulford, Wiggins’ high school coach at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, told NBA.com this week.
“I think this whole process with the trade rumors, he could care less. That kid just wants to play basketball. The fact that LeBron never reached out to him, Andrew could care less what LeBron James thinks of him.”
Wiggins has previously hinted at the fact that he would welcome a move to Minnesota as ultimately he wanted to play for a team “that wants me”. While that was clearly not the case in Cleveland, the Timberwolves give him an opportunity to shine as part of a young, exciting roster.
With the drama of the summer now finally behind him, Wiggins will be relishing the prospect of getting to work on his game ahead of his first season in the league.