LeBron James' silent treatment hints at likely Andrew Wiggins trade

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LeBron James confirmed he would be returning home to the Cleveland Cavaliers from Miami over four weeks ago now.

Andrew Wiggins meanwhile was selected by the Ohio franchise with the first overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft on June 26th.

Despite it now being the first week in August, the NBA rookie admitted today that the pair are still yet to exchange their first words together:

"No. I'm sure he's busy," said the former Kansas Jayhawks star Monday when asked if he had spoken to James.

"I feel like I'm busy, so I am sure he's busy."

All signs point to trade?

The revelation is further amunition for those who believe that the Cavaliers will use Wiggins as a make-weight in a trade deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star power forward Kevin Love.

Rumors on the subject have been doing the rounds for several weeks now with the idea that the Cavs are desperate to surround LeBron James with a win-now roster atop the agenda.

The news that the LeBron is yet to make contact with the rookie is certainly not positive news for those hoping to see a James-Wiggins combination at the Quickens Loans Arena next season.

Wiggins himself was asked whether he felt the Cavaliers had plans for him in the future - the response is heartbreaking...

LeBron's silence

LeBron James' oversight could possibly be put down to the four-time NBA MVP's recent far flung endorsement duties, and spending time with his family, had the former Miami Heat star not been conducting NBA business elsewhere.

Recent reports noted how James had contacted Kevin Love directly in an attempt to sell the Cavaliers to the perennial All-Star - taking time out of his offseason schedule to do so.

And it can't be that James is simply making sure the rookie knows his place. I mean he already hyped up Shabazz Napier before the NCAA champion even arrived in the NBA with the Miami Heat.

Surely the only possible reason as to why LeBron James (a man known for his willingness to hand out advice to young players) has yet to welcome the rookie to the franchise is that he is wary such comments could make for an awkward aftermath when Wiggins makes his NBA debut in the jersey of a different team.

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What next?

Only Flip Saunders, as the Cavaliers' General Manager, knows for certain whether Andrew Wiggins has a future in Cleveland beyond the next few weeks.

And whilst the youngster did sign his rookie deal with the franchise recently the rumors linking him with the Timberwolves only continue to materliaize.

James' silence can now be added to insights from anonymous sources and the fact his Cavs jersey being 'discontinued' by the NBA store as reasons why it looks increasingly unlikely that Andrew Wiggins will be lining up alongside LeBron James next season.

I guess the rookie may have to wait for the Cavs' first regular-season match up with Minnesota to exchange pleasantries.

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