Andrew Wiggins wants Timberwolves trade - Former coach

Andrew Wiggins

Kansas coach Bill Self believes the Cavaliers shooting guard would benefit from a trade to Minnesota.

Andrew Wiggins, the number one pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, wants to be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves according to his former coach Bill Self.

Wiggins has been rumoured to be heading to Minnesota in a trade for all-star power forward Kevin Love, less than two months after the Cleveland Cavaliers made him the top pick.

Self, who coached Wiggins in his only college season at Kansas, says the 19-year-old told him he believes joining the Timberwolves would be more beneficial to him in the long-term than staying in Cleveland.

"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.'"

"Even though in a weird way everybody would love the opportunity to play with LeBron because you're guaranteed winning, for the longevity of his career, he needs to develop that mindset to be the guy, for him to be great, and I think being Minnesota will help him do that."

Self certainly has a point. Throughout Wiggins's high school and collegiate career there was no doubt about his talent, but his mindset was often called into question.

On a talented Kansas team which also featured Joel Embiid and Wayne Selden, Wiggins often struggled to dominate games in the way one would expect from a number-one draft pick.

Alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, it is unlikely that Wiggins would be able to develop this trait, Instead, he would probably develop into one of the most talented role players in the NBA.

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With Minnesota, however, Wiggins would be expected to carry the team both offensively and defensively early in his career, and would need to pick up the alpha-dog mindset required to be one of the league's top players.

It is surely an exciting sign for Timberwolves fans that Wiggins is looking to force himself to shoulder such a load in his first season. He has all the physical tools to be an NBA superstar, and if he grasps the mental side of the game Minnesota will have secured a great prize in exchange for Love.

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