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Windsor Express trade for rights to Mitchell Wiggins Jr.

Mitchell Wiggins Jr. (left) speaks with London Lightning head coach Kyle Julius during the 2016 NBL Canada Draft Combine at the Athlete Institute in Mono, Ont on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016,
Photo Credit: Justin Prince / NBLCentral
Mitchell Wiggins Jr. is already on the move.

The second overall pick in the 2016 National Basketball League of Canada Draft's draft rights have been traded by the Cape Breton Highlanders to the Windsor Express for a future player on the roster.

Wiggins Jr., a Southeastern University product, is the brother of 2013 NBA Draft first overall pick Andrew Wiggins and the son of NBA veteran Mitchell Wiggins Sr.

"I thank God for opening another door," said Wiggins following the trade on Instagram. "Thank you to the Windsor Express for an opportunity. All things come together in due time."

Windsor Express head coach Bill Jones said the trade was agreed on late Sunday night. The Express had been interested in selecting Wiggins Sunday night after the NBLC Draft Combine with one of its four picks.

"He was probably one of the best Canadians out there on the floor," said Jones. "We needed another Canadian to be able to sign to be a part of our roster ... We went in there knowing we had four draft choices available to be able to pick him. Obviously other teams in the league because of his pedigrees were interested in him as well."

In a press release, Cape Breton had said they expected the Canadian to be a solid player in NBL Canada.

Jones said the Express had not contacted him yet at the time of the original writing. He hopes Wiggins will fit in okay in Windsor's system in training camp.

"We plan to let him know we're excited to have him on board and coming down to Windsor," said Jones. "We're looking forward to having him just come out and compete for minutes. With the Wiggins pedigree ... I know he has some talent. It's in his blood and it's in the family. I'm looking forward to having him compete."

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