Apparently not everyone wants to play with LeBron James.
Per ESPN, Andrew Wiggins, LeBron’s current teammate, told his former coach at Kansas that he wants to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wiggins believes that it will be better for him “long term” to play for the Wolves than with LeBron in Cleveland.
Andrew Wiggins told Kansas coach Bill Self that he wants to be traded from Cleveland to Minnesota because the No. 1 overall pick believes it will be better for his long-term future.
“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.'”
Wiggins is right. In Minnesota, he’s going to be able to be himself rather than just being another piece to LeBron’s quest for ring No. 3. He won’t have as much pressure on him and he’ll be able to develop as his own speed — even if it takes a while for his team to become competitive.
Either that, or this is a classic “I never even wanted to be with you anyways” type of breakup. Even if it wasn’t ever exactly a “relationship.”