It’s not very often that the number one overall pick in any draft is traded, let alone in the NBA. When it does happen, it usually happens the night of the draft, not two months after the fact, but that’s exactly what could be going down with Andrew Wiggins of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In recent days rumors have hinted that framework between the Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves for a deal involving Wiggins have been agreed upon and that the two sides are simply waiting until Wiggins’ contract allows him to be traded (closer towards the end of August).
Those rumors only grew in capacity when Wiggins’ jersey on NBA.com’s online store was ‘discontinued’. But the jersey of Andrew Wiggins wasn’t discontinued, at least not according to the league as they said it has sold out.
Per Pro Basketball Talk:
A league spokesman told NBCSports.com that Andrew Wiggins jerseys are simply sold out. There is a temporary period on the site, before a sold out item is pulled, where it is reflected as “discontinued.” The league said this happens for all sold out items, and the link to the page that was still live over the weekend is no longer active.
I recall the jersey of LeBron James selling out upon his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers and no mention of his jersey being ‘discontinued’, though in fairness to the NBA I highly doubt they would have used the word ‘discontinued’ to spark further rumors.
For now, it just seems to be nothing more than an ironic blunder.