Even more intriguing is the fact Wiggins apparently told Grange he was disappointed that Jay Triano was let go as the head coach of Canada’s senior men’s national team, as this effectively ends years of rumours that a rift had formed between Wiggins and Triano.
Wiggins hasn’t played for Canada since the 2015 FIBA Americup when Canada infamously lost to Venezuela in a game that could’ve sent the Canucks back to the Olympics for the first time since 2000. Wiggins was benched near the end of that game and cameras caught him looking visibly upset about it, leading to the rumoured breach between him and Triano.
Canada qualified for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and will begin its tournament in the brutal Group H that also features Australia, Lithuania and Senegal. The World Cup begins on Aug. 31.
Despite not having played for Canada for four years, Wiggins would still be a valuable member of the team as one of the most talented players the country has ever produced.