Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant knows the feeling when it comes to being dealt early in his career, and is relating Andrew Wiggins’ current situation to his.
And Bryant’s thinking if Cleveland winds up shipping Wiggins to Minnesota when he becomes eligible to be traded on Aug. 24, they’re making a big blunder in doing so.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders and Twitter handle @2014MrBasket, Bryant reportedly compares the potential Wiggins’ deal to when the Charlotte Hornets traded him, meaning that they’ll probably regret making the deal down the road.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 14, 2014
Bryant, who was selected 13th overall back in 1996 by the Hornets, was sent to the Lakers in a pre-draft agreement that saw center Vlade Divac go to Charlotte. And, five championships, one MVP, and two finals MVP awards later, Charlotte is probably shaking their heads.
Considering Wiggins was the No. 1 overall pick in this past June’s draft, Bryant is definitely onto something here.
Despite Kevin Love‘s addition to the roster, which is certainly a boost, Wiggins has the same ability to be just as, if not way better than him in the long run. The only difference between the two is their position, and that one has more experience (Love) than the other (Wiggins).
However, Cleveland’s not only giving up Wiggins, but their 2013 No. 1 overall selection, Anthony Bennett, who could still have his game full-circle, as well as another first-round pick. Call me crazy, but that seems like too much for a guy who’ll command top dollar next summer.
Nonetheless, Bryant has a point.