As an innocent bystander of the Kevin Love trade between Minnesota and Cleveland, #1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins didn’t really have a say about where he begins his NBA career. Wiggins has been in limbo for well over a month, which has given him plenty of time to come to grips that he will be spending his rookie season playing in Minnesota.
During that time, Wiggins has apparently decided that he actually rather play for a rebuilding Timberwolves team rather than a NBA title contender in Cleveland.
According to his former college coach Bill Self, Wiggins explained his rationale for wanting to land in Minnesota while working as a guest instructor at Self’s basketball camp on Sunday.
“When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, ‘I hope I get traded,'” Self said. “And I’m like, ‘No you don’t.’ And he said, ‘Coach, I do. 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.'”
Wiggins, by all accounts, is a quiet guy that just wants to play basketball. So maybe he’s right. Maybe going to Minnesota where he will be “the guy” will pull him out of his shell to become the star he has the potential to be.