It’s all but official that Andrew Wiggins will be playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves this upcoming NBA season. Though you might pity Wiggins for losing out on a chance to play with LeBron James in Cleveland, you shouldn’t. Wiggins told his former college coach Bill Self that he thinks going to Minnesota will actually be better for his career in the long-term.
Wiggins was on hand at Self’s basketball camp on Sunday, and the two spoke about the impending trade.
"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."
According to Self, Wiggins thinks the pressure of being viewed as a franchise cornerstone will force him to become a better player.
Self said that "even though in a weird way everybody would love the opportunity to play with LeBron because you're guaranteed winning, for the longevity of his career, he needs to develop that mindset to be the guy, for him to be great, and I think being Minnesota will help him do that."
It’s a good thing Wiggins is taking such an optimistic perspective on being traded, because it’s definitely going to happen. The Wolves and Cavs agreed last week on a deal that will send Wiggins and other assets to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love. All that’s left now is to wait until August 23, when the deal can be made official.