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Cavaliers coach Blatt: Wiggins “not going anywhere”

Jul 13, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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From even before LeBron James made his homecoming to Cleveland official, the rumors were swirling (if you listened to Cleveland talk radio it was already done) — Kevin Love was going to be traded to the Cavaliers to team up with James and Kyrie Irving. Love is good with this idea. Dan Gilbert forms his own big three.

But there is no way Flip Saunders of Minnesota is sending Love to Cleveland without no. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins coming back the other way. Buzz around the league is it most likely takes Wiggins, a couple future first round picks and another player (not Anthony Bennett, more like Dion Waiters) to get a deal done.

However, Cleveland has no plans (so far) to throw Wiggins in the mix. New Cavs coach Dave Blatt said so Saturday in Las Vegas, as reported by ESPN:

“There’s no reason or cause for worry on his part because Andrew’s not going anywhere, as far as I know and as far as the club has expressed,” Blatt told reporters Saturday following the Cavaliers’ Summer League practice in Las Vegas.

How much of that is posturing remains to be seen.

Flip Saunders is willing to play the long game and let Love’s agents and time put pressure on other teams to up their offers. The Warriors still refuse to put Klay Thompson in a deal, now Wiggins with the Cavaliers. Saunders can wait them and everyone else out at this point. He has the best asset in these mixes.

To me, if you’re Cleveland and you really want to have a title shot for the next five years (at least) you throw Wiggins in the mix and get Love. Wiggins could turn out to be special, but we already know Love is with a special player with a skill set hard to match — a sharpshooting big man who is a beast on the boards. You need to put a good defensive center next to him, but Love is an elite talent. Maybe Wiggins will be that someday. (I feel the same way about Golden State not throwing Thompson in the mix.)

But for now Cleveland holds firm — no Wiggins. And Minnesota waits.

  1. jrob23 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    “To me, if you’re Cleveland and you really want to have a title shot for the next five years (at least) you throw Wiggins in the mix and get Love”

    Yeah, let’s trade away a once in a decade talent in Wiggins. Let’s forget that with him at the 2 shutting down the opposing team’s best scorers (and he will) and Lebron at the 3 (a mismatch nightmare) with Irvine at the point gives them talent wise, the equivalent to what the Heat had for these past four years. It’s baffling how stupid people are regarding Wiggins. No way you trade Wiggins even straight up for any but 5 or so NBA players. Just dumb

  2. logicalcomment - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    K Love is a little overrated, reminds me of chris bosh with toronto, great numbers on a bad team,then put him with other stars and he plays average.

    in the nba 1 superstar should take his team to at least the playoffs, and love can’t

    • realfootballfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Yep. If they let Wiggins go, it will be a coup for Minnesota. Love is a garbage statistics eater and is a really bad defensive player.

      • jkfargo - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        I would take the next 4 years with Love over Wiggins. If Love didn’t want to leave Minnesota, there would be no chance the Cavs could get him, not even for Wiggins and Kyrie.

  3. realfootballfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    This guy must not know how the NBA works, lol. If LeBron wants it done, that’s what will be done. However, he’s the only person with any sense in the organization if he’s the only one against a trade of Wiggings.

  4. darbley73 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Agreed, Wiggins is unlike any prospect since maybe Lebron James. You don’t let players like Lebron, Durant, and potentially Wiggins go because you want to win now. With Wiggins you can win now even if he is just a average/better than average player, especially in the East. What nobody seems to be mentioning is that Wiggins will be SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than love next year at $5.7mill compared to $15.7mill for Love. With that extra $10mill Cleveland could go after another high level free agent and win right now anyway. Maybe add a big like Greg Monroe (last year at $4.1mill) or Andray Blatche (last year at 9.2mill)

    • realfootballfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Yep, the Cavs need to be watching their own backs, too. Lebron has 4-5 more years of prime playing left. By that time, you could win with Wiggins and transition your team over to him at the end of it all anyway. Besides, Love will be a FA next summer, so then you could get him and add him to the rest of the core that probably won’t win this year anyway, giving room for growing pains and the youth of the team that doesn’t know how to win. Keeping your options open is just smarter. Kevin Love without LeBron, we’ve seen that story. It’s the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  5. ljl2 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Do people really not realize that Minnesota is the one trying to buy something? They aren’t sellers, they are buyers. Trying to purchase something for the future with a commodity that will have lost all value after trade deadline. They are the ones that will have to budge.

  6. campcouch - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Crazy. Two and half weeks ago, the responses on this site ranged from “dumpster fire” to “it’s only Cleveland” and “Gilbert is a meddler” to “they’ll screw this draft up too”. Now with one announcement, the same franchise is now being talked about as conference champions or sparking rage/debate over what to do with the #1 draft pick and trades. The course of this franchise has changed again after four years. After dismantling their 2009/10 team and compiling some number ones a 4 and a 7 lottery pick (don’t forget Kyrie Irving’s pick came as a result of a trade with LAC), they somehow managed to become relevant again. Instant success is a desire of everyone, but watching them draft bits and pieces followed by the surprising return of James is something only marquee teams experience. Craziness!

    • realfootballfan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      Actually, when they hired the coach, I said they were well on their way because they thought outside the box with someone who seemed to fit their young team that would fit a running style of basketball. James coming back just accelerates them from being on the right track to the pressure is on to win a championship again immediately.

  7. hauts81 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    If Wiggins is off the table why hasn’t he signed his contract? I’m not buying this excuse that they have to hold off on him to get their cap situation with LeBron sorted out. They already know what it’s gonna take to sign Wiggins.

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