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Report: Cavaliers willing to trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love

Jul 17, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

Ever since the Cavaliers signed LeBron James, Kevin Love and Cleveland have been dancing around each other.

The Cavaliers want the Timberwolves star, and he’s interested in joining LeBron in Cleveland.

But No. 1 pick Andrew Wigginswho has gotten off to a strong start in summer league – appeared to be the line in the sand. Cavaliers coach David Blatt even said Wiggins wouldn’t be traded, though Wiggins was clearly Minnesota’s most-desired asset.

Cleveland’s stance appears to be weakening.

Bob Finnan of The News-Herald:

A league source said on July 17 that the Cavs are now willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

However, a source said James wants the 6-10, 250-pound Love on the roster.

While the Warriors are dithering over Klay Thompson, Wiggins offers much more value than Minnesota ever could have reasonably anticipated for a player who can become a free agent in a year. Not only is Wiggins’ upside immense, he hasn’t even begun his four-year rookie contract. After that, he’ll be a restricted free agent. There is so much more time to rebuild around him than Thompson, who’s eligible for an extension and wants a big one.

This would be a tougher deal for the Cavaliers to swallow. Wiggins is a supreme talent, and his cheap contract leaves more leeway to add other contributors. Love would have to opt in to the final season of his contract, 2015-16, to make this deal palatable. That would not only give Cleveland another year of security, it would signal Love’s desire to remain there.

The Cavaliers can win a championship next season. This is the time to sacrifice the future for the present. If Wiggins winds up as good as Love, that would be great for Wiggins. Cleveland should get Love now and overlap his prime with LeBron’s rather than letting LeBron and the rawer Wiggins have a smaller window of elite play together.

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This news might mean the the trade gets completed soon. The Timberwolves have been waiting for an offer that knocks their socks off. This should be it.

178 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ghelton03 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    I don’t see MN trading Love until the trade deadline (after the All Star break), unless Wiggins is in the deal. I think Love will be in MN for most of the coming year and will go to Cav’s. If it goes to the trade deadline, Wiggins will not be in that deal. If MN really wants Wiggins, they should be asking for a 1 for 1 trade now.

  2. bgrillz - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    bad idea. wiggins is going to be a beast!

  3. abigbuck99 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Remember Lebron may have peaked in Miami and will need others to prop up his legacy. Is Wiggins the next Jordan? Imagine giving up a guy with future super talent. It’s been done before.

  4. alcazarpr - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Its MN that should feel the pressure…

    They’re the ones who are about to keep Love and get absolutely nothing when he leaves.

  5. coolbopp - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    All this talk about LeBron sign a 2 year deal so that the Cavs can talk advantage of the new TV contract. LeBron is waiting to see if Gilbert will shoot for the fences now. He still remembers them not getting him the guys to win the last time. Love is already a great player and he’s 25. Irving – Love – LeBron with Waiters coming off the bench is your team for the next 2 years. Now of course none of this should happen if Love doesn’t agree to an extension today. I haven’t heard that he has if not then Gilbert is right not to trade the no# 1 pick for him

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