Here is, perhaps, the most convincing evidence yet that Andrew Wiggins will stay put in Cleveland.
Following a summer league practice on Saturday in Las Vegas, new Cavaliers coach David Blatt vowed to reporters that Wiggins will be part of the organization’s future. Wiggins, the former Kansas star who was selected No. 1 overall in June, was rumored to be used as a possible trade chip to acquire Minnesota forward Kevin Love after LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland on Friday.
"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.
ESPN reported Saturday that Cleveland began trade talks with Minnesota by offering guard Dion Waiters, former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and another first-round pick in exchange for Love, the All-Star power forward.
Wiggins, meanwhile, had 18 points in his summer league debut on Friday night, leading the Cavs to a 70-68 victory over Milwaukee and No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker.
"I would think for a guy like Andrew,” Blatt continued to reporters, “to have the opportunity to play with arguably one of the best players of all time, and to learn from him and to be tutored by him and to play alongside him — which he will — I gotta think that's a tremendous boost to his confidence and his comfort level and probably his motivation.”