Andrew Wiggins said he’s not taking all the recent trade talk surrounding him personally adding that he just wants to play where he’s wanted.
Wiggins, who was taken first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Draft back in June, tells ESPN he’s just taking it “day-by-day” and whatever happens is out of his control.
“I just want to play for a team that wants me,” he said during the NBA rookie photo shoot in New York on Sunday. “Whichever team wants me, I’ll play for.”
Asked if he thought Cleveland wanted him, Wiggins responded with a tentative, “Yeah.” Pause. “I hope so.”
Sitting next to a cardboard cutout of his NBA rookie card wearing a Cavaliers jersey with the number 21, Wiggins said he has not spoken with LeBron James since he announced he was returning to Cleveland for the upcoming season.
“I feel like I’ve had a busy summer,” Wiggins said. “It’s hard for me to get on the phone and really contact people so I can only imagine what it’s like for him.”
Wiggins’ name has been at the center of trade talks involving forward Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Those talks were put on hold after the Wiggins signed his rookie contract with Cleveland back on July 24 and league rules stipulate that he cannot be traded for at least 30 days. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor recently told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that a trade for Love was “likely” by August 23 or 24 – which is the first day that Cleveland could deal Wiggins.
The deal that’s been widely reported would see Wiggins and fellow Canadian and former number one pick Anthony Bennett along with future draft picks traded to Minnesota in exchange for Love.
Wiggins said he’s not frustrated with all the trade talk surrounding him.
“You can’t be listening to everything everyone says,” he tells ESPN. “You gotta listen to the people that know what’s going on, like your agent or the general manager or the coaches on the team – you can’t listen to the outside sources.”