Andrew Wiggins met with his former college coach, Bill Self, on Sunday in Kansas. While Wiggins did not speak to the media at the time, Self had no problem explaining exactly what's been going through the mind of this year's first overall pick:
"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.
Self also stated how he believes Wiggins would thrive carrying the weight of the franchise, something that would not happen in Cleveland next to LeBron James:
"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."
This is very interesting, as one of the larger knocks on Wiggins' game is that he supposedly doesn't have a killer mentality and he appeared passive at times at Kansas. It's clear that he's heard all of the talk surrounding him and wants to prove people wrong.
As for wanting out of Cleveland? Only he knows how he truly feels and he may just be saying this due to the trade being imminent. I have a few ex-girlfriends that "I wanted to break up with anyways." But while we may never know the whole story, Wiggins has handled the circus that's surrounded the beginning of his career with a lot of class. Self also weighed in on how well Wiggins has handled this summer:
"I think he's handled everything great. He's excited. I think the whole thing that's been blown out of proportion a bit is that he's been in limbo. He's known since the summer that he'd be traded. It's OK. In some ways he's looking forward to going to Minnesota."
Wiggins will likely be granted his wish on August 23rd, which is the first day that he is eligible to be traded.