Andrew Wiggins: ‘I just want to play for a team that wants me’

Wiggy CavsWith reports circulating that Kevin Love is “likely” to be traded by Aug. 23 or 24, Andrew Wiggins’s days in Cleveland appear to be numbered.

Appearing in a somewhat awkward interview on SportsCenter, the soft spoken Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in June’s NBA Draft, said he just wants to be wanted.

“I just want to play for a team that wants me, so whichever team wants me I’ll play for,” Wiggins said.

Asked if he expected to end up being a teammate of LeBron James in Cleveland, Wiggins added: “I don’t really know what to say. When I’m in Cleveland I’m going to play as hard as I can, give it my all and I’ll play for whoever.” To read more of this story, click here

Cavs Coach David Blatt Says Wiggins Won’t be Traded

Andrew Wiggins will get a chance to play with WiggyLeBron James and won’t be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.

So says new head coach David Blatt.

“There’s no reason or cause for worry on his part because Andrew’s not going anywhere, as far as I know and as far as the club has expressed,” Blatt told reporters Saturday following the Cavaliers’ Summer League practice in Las Vegas, according to ESPN.

The 6-foot-8 Wiggins was the No. 1 pick in last month’s NBA Draft and said before the Draft he would love to play with James. This weekend that became a reality. To read more of this story, click here

No. 1 Pick Wiggins Thrilled to Play With LeBron

Wiggins cavsBefore the NBA Draft last month, Andrew Wiggins said he would love to some day play with LeBron James.

Now that day will become a reality — assuming the Cleveland Cavaliers hold on to Wiggins and don’t deal him — and Wiggins is thrilled.

“Oh, it’s a big day, we got the win and best of all we got the best player in basketball coming to play on our team,” Wiggins told NBA TV after putting up 18 points in his NBA debut, a 70-68 win over Jabari Parker (17 points, nine rebounds) and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Las Vegas summer league. “It’s going to be a great learning experience for all of us on the team. We get to go under his belt and see how hard he works and what it takes to get to his level.” To read more of this story, click here

Cavaliers Introduce Andrew Wiggins as Mitchell; Embiid Could Miss Entire 2014-15 Season

You have to wonder if it is a bad omen for the Cleveland Cavaliers going forward that broadcaster Fred MacLeod introduced No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins as Mitchell during Friday’s introductory press conference.

MacLeod tried to cover his tracks by saying, “I go back….Mitchell, you wanna make a comeback?”

Mitchell Wiggins, Andrew’s father, hasn’t played in the NBA since 1992 when he was with the Sixers.

Speaking of the Sixers, their top pick and Wiggins’s former Kansas, Joel Embiid, may miss the entire 2014-15 season while recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot. To read more of this story, click here

Andrew Wiggins Goes No. 1 as Canada Gets Back-to-Back Top Picks, Says He and LeBron ‘Would be Good Together’; Parker Goes No. 2 to Bucks, Embiid 3 to Sixers


WigginsNEW YORK — Andrew Wiggins
continued the Canadian Invasion of the NBA by becoming the second straight No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft from North of the border.

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected the 6-foot-8 shooting guard out of Thornhill, Ontario by way of Kansas with the top pick  over Duke forward Jabari Parker, who went No. 2 to the Milwaukee Bucks just as he had predicted this week.

“A thousand thoughts are going through my head right now,” said Wiggins, the second No. 1 pick from Kansas following Danny Manning in 1988 . “It’s a dream come true. I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I was a little kid. My dream was just to make the NBA. Now going to high school and college, the opportunity and possibility of going No. 1 came into talk, and now I accomplished all of that.

“So it’s just a crazy feeling right now. I don’t really know how to feel. It doesn’t even feel real right now.”

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Andrew Wiggins Would Welcome LeBron Pairing

andrew-wiggins1.jpg?w=600&h=425By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

NEW YORK - As it becomes increasingly likely that Jabari Parker will be selected No. 2 overall at the NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, that would leave Andrew Wiggins for the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick.

If that does happen and newly-minted free agent LeBron James somehow ends up going back to the Cavaliers next month, that potential pairing is something Wiggins would obviously be interested in.

“I could play there forever, I think that would be a good combination obviously,” Wiggins said at NBA Draft media day on Wednesday afternoon in midtown. “He’s arguably the best player in the NBA right now.”

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Wiggins Has Three Workouts Scheduled; Conflicting Reports Emerge on Embiid’s Physical (UPDATED)

Potential No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins has three workouts scheduled for next week, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.

Ford Tweeted that Wiggins worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks Friday in Santa Barbara and will then work out in Philadelphia on Monday, Cleveland on Wednesday and Milwaukee on Friday.

The Cavaliers pick first, the Bucks second and the Sixers third in the June 26 NBA Draft.

Meantime, conflicting reports emerged Friday about the health of  Wiggins’s former Kansas teammate Joel Embiid, who reportedly met with and worked out for the Cavs last week. Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his lower back that kept him out of the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments, but then performed well in front of NBA executives and coaches during a workout in Santa Monica, Calif., last month.

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