Poor Andrew Wiggins. Has there ever been another No. 1 overall pick that's been the subject of trade rumors before he's even played an NBA game?
It's no secret that people are talking - LeBron James has reportedly reached out personally to Timberwolves forward Kevin Love to declare his desire to team up in Cleveland, a tantalizing possibility that seemingly will only become a reality if the Cavaliers agree to send Wiggins to Minnesota in exchange.
Wiggins, surely, has heard all this. He may have recognized that his name was conveniently left out of LeBron's Sports Illustrated essay about returning to the Cavs, and he may be stewing or bristling or moping at the thought that Cleveland's prodigal son has apparently decided Wiggins isn't good enough, that dealing him for Love is the necessary cost of doing business.
But however he's feeling about it, he isn't, at least to this point, giving anything away.
"What you've got to like about the kid is that it doesn't make a difference if it's the fourth game of summer league in seven or eight days, or if people are keying on him or the crowd has funny things to say to him," Cavs head coach David Blatt said. "He goes out there and really plays and has a nice calm about him and a real good demeanor. Andrew's going to be a high-level player. It's good to see."
Speculation has ramped up in the past couple of days, as there have been conflicting reports about whether the Cavaliers front office is or is not willing to include Wiggins in a potential trade for Love. Similarly, there is no consensus on whether the the Golden State Warriors, who are also actively pursuing Love, are willing to include Klay Thompson in a deal.
As Jon Krawcznski of the Associated Press notes, despite all the "reports" of Wiggins' and Thompson's availability, there hasn't been a single peep from anyone about either of those guys actually being offered in a trade.
"Rumors are rumors," says Blatt. "That's why they call them rumors. Sooner or later in one's career, you're going to have to deal with it. If [Wiggins] has to deal with it now, then so be it. It's summer league. He's learning everything as he goes along."
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