OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Andrew Wiggins told Kansas coach Bill Self that he wants to be traded from Cleveland to the Timberwolves because the No. 1 overall pick believes it will be better for his long-term future.
Wiggins joined his former coach as a guest instructor at Self’s basketball camp in suburban Kansas City on Sunday. Wiggins declined to speak to the few reporters at Shawnee Mission West High School, but Self took up the subject of the pending 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.”
LeBron James’ lengthy shadow was Wiggins’ concern, Self said.
“Even though in a weird way everybody would love the opportunity to play with LeBron because you’re guaranteed winning,” Self said, “for the longevity of his career, he needs to develop that mind-set to be the guy, for him to be great, and I think being in Minnesota will help him do that.
“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.”