Jun 27, 2014; Independence, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers first round pick Andrew Wiggins (21) is introduced by head coach David Blatt (left) and general manager David Griffin at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett eager to learn from LeBron James


LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sports Illustrated. In his narrated announcement, James talked about working with the Cleveland Cavaliers young roster, naming some players specifically.

“I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys,” James said. “I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.”

The exclusion of 2014 No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft Andrew Wiggins led to speculation that he could be shipped off in a deal for Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. The Cavaliers in the meantime have expressed no desire to trade Wiggins.

In the meantime, Wiggins is thrilled James is returning to Cleveland to be his teammate.

“LeBron is the best player in the game,” Wiggins said, via Fox Sports. “It’s been an exciting day. Hearing the good news, that was a great feeling.”

Wiggins added: “It will be a great learning experience, kind of being under his wing. I was just happy to hear the best player is coming to (my) team. It will be great for me.

“We’ll bring it every day, just like he will. Hopefully he’ll take us under his wing and teach us what it takes to get to his level, build a championship team.”

His teammate and 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is also eager to learn from James. Bennett has been linked into trade rumors and a player the Cavs hope can improve under James’ tutelage after a disappointing rookie season.

“Everybody was excited,” Bennett said. “I can’t wait for him to come back. I can learn a lot from him on and off the court.”

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  • Alfredo Jones

    Nothing better for either of their careers than to play with the best player on the planet who makes everyone around him better. Hope the Cavs keep Wiggins because it is going to be fun watching him play with King James. Question now, do the Cavs become the instant favorites in the East? Them or Pacers, right? Good article today on the Straighthoops blog on the state of the Eastern Conference now, def worth a read: http://straighthoops.com/beast_of_the_east.html

  • fidel305

    Yeah, cuz nothing spells championship like two unpolished Canadian one and domes paired with an ISO. Player who disappears in the fourth quarter of important games

    now that’s growth
    both wade and bosh sacrificed their games to accommodate his, but at least they had game