While the comments may seem general in nature for virtually any other rookie, the interview with Wiggins came amid continued trade rumors that the Cavaliers are shopping him for proven talent to pair alongside LeBron James, who announced in July via an essay he penned for SI.com his decision and rationale to leave the Heat for Cleveland.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly the team engaged the most with the Cavaliers now on a possible move that would send the No.1 overall pick out of Cleveland. In return, Cleveland would receive All-Star power forward Kevin Love.
The Warriors were also said to be in discussions with the Cavaliers, but Golden State's front office had reportedly been divided on whether to part with swingman Klay Thompson, a piece Cleveland had reportedly been seeking as part of the package that they would receive for Wiggins.
Wiggins signed his rookie contract with the Cavaliers at the end of July. Per NBA rules, he cannot be officially traded until 30 days after the contract was signed. To that end, Wolves general manager Glen Taylor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press last week that a trade involving Love is "likely" to happen by the end of August.
- Marc Weinreich