The back and forth of the Andrew Wiggins–Kevin Love trade rumors was nearly unbearable for basketball fans. One can only imagine the pain and embarrassment Wiggins suffered during the past several weeks in which the only NBA news being reported was how Love and LeBron James could bring a championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Now that the trade is nearly official, Wiggins has no issue making it known to friends that he wanted the Cavaliers to trade him to the Timberwolves in the worst way.
“When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, ‘I hope I get traded,'” Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self said, according to ESPN. “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 certainly has a point. In Cleveland, he would only be another piece to the puzzle of winning a title. As great as that sounds, and there is no denying that Wiggins wants to be a NBA champion, he feels that a better way to win a ring is by being his own man on a team that will appreciate him. No matter what happened with the Cavaliers, he would always be the guy following James. That would happen even if Cleveland wins multiple titles before James calls it a career.
With the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wiggins will be adored by the fans. There will be no James, no Love, and no superstar to carry the team for him. He will have to work hard every day to become the best player possible to lead the Timberwolves to greatness. It may take years and he may regret never playing for Cleveland, but if Minnesota can become the next Oklahoma City Thunder then it will be worth it.