For virtually every player in attendance at the NBA’s annual rookie photo shoot Sunday in Westchester, it was a carefree day spent shuttling from one station to another doing a series of poses for the cameras. But Andrew Wiggins isn’t your typical rookie. Instead of being able to relax and prepare for his first pro season, the No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers in June’s NBA draft instead has spent the last several weeks with his name smack in the middle of trade rumors. Cleveland has surged to the front of the never-ending trade talks surrounding Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love after LeBron James agreed to return to Ohio. “It hasn’t been too tough,” Wiggins said Sunday of dealing with all of the uncertainty. “You have to prepare yourself for it, and then it isn’t too tough. “You just have to get used to everything.” But Wiggins, through no fault of his own, has found himself thrust into an awkward position, as the public face of trade talks that, after he signed his rookie deal on July 23, can’t be consummated until 30 days later. That, combined with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor telling the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Love would likely be traded by Aug. 23 or 24 — just after Wiggins is eligible to be moved — has left the 19-year-old to have to answer questions about his future that are completely outside of his control. “I just want to play for a team that wants me,” Wiggins said Sunday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” “So, whichever team wants me, I’ll play for.” And for those who want to try and develop any conspiracy theories about whether or not Wiggins is likely to remain in Cleveland, he said he still hasn’t spoken to James — who also didn’t mention Wiggins in his letter in Sports Illustrated announcing his return to the Cavaliers. “No. I’m sure he’s busy,” Wiggins said. “I feel like I’m busy, so I am sure he’s busy.” Wiggins wasn’t the only player at Sunday’s photo shoot who could be impacted by a potential Love trade. Wiggins could soon be teammates with Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine, another incredibly athletic 19-year-old who could give Minnesota an exciting pair of wing players to play alongside point guard Ricky Rubio.
Wiggins and James haven't spoken
New York Post | Aug 4