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Cleveland Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins Deflects Trade Questions

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Cleveland CavaliersWhen training camp begins in October, Andrew Wiggins will be focused on playing basketball, but on Monday, this years number one overall draft pick was dodging questions about the trade rumors that have circled him for much of the past month.

It was reported last week that Cleveland reached a deal in principle that would send Wiggins, last year’s number one overall pick Anthony Bennett, and a 1st round pick in next years draft for All Star power forward Kevin Love, who would joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, forming a new big 3 in Cleveland.

This supposed deal, that can’t be made official until August 3oth, 30 days following the signing of Wiggin’s rookie contract, would leave the rookie small forward playing for a rebuilding effort in the Western Conference, rather than an Eastern conference team that is expected to compete for a title.

While speaking publicly for the 1st time since the deal was first reported, Wiggins refused to give much focus to the trade rumors around him, “Whatever happens is out of my control,” he said. “I’m not worrying about it right now.”

While surrounded by over a dozen reporters at an event in Toronto, Wiggins did acknowledge that since becoming the 1st overall pick this year, there has been increased attention on him.

“Going to Kansas University kind of prepares you for moments like this,” he said, “because at Kansas they treat the basketball players like rock stars.”

While Wiggins was attending Kansas coach Bill Self’s camp Sunday, Self said that Wiggins told him that he would welcome a trade, which would force him to compete and lead a team immediately, instead of being put in the background in Cleveland behind the enormous shadow that come playing with LeBron James.

 

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