Rookie small forward Andrew Wiggins has not spoken to Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James since Wiggins was taken No. 1 in the 2014 NBA draft, according to the New York Post.
Wiggins has been reported to be in potential trade packages for Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said that a Love trade is likely to happen later this month. As of last Wednesday, the Cavaliers were reportedly the only team engaged in trade talks for Love.
“No. I’m sure he’s busy,” Wiggins said when asked if he's spoken to James. “I feel like I’m busy, so I am sure he’s busy.”
Asked about the trade speculation in an interview on ESPN's SportsCenter on Sunday, Wiggins said, "I just want to play for a team that wants me. So whichever team wants me I'll play for."
James made no mention of Wiggins in a first-person essay on SI.com announcing his decision to return to Cleveland. In the essay, Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins and James write that James is "excited to lead some of these talented young guys" and list Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson.
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Wiggins, who averaged 17.1 points over 35 games in his lone season at Kansas, signed his rookie contract with the Cavaliers on July 24. Any trades involving Wiggins cannot be consummated for 30 days, according to rules in the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Chris Johnson