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Report: Cavaliers to sign Andrew Wiggins as early as Wednesday

Jul 22, 2014, 2:46 PM EST

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We passed along the report a couple of days ago that the Cavaliers were expected to sign Andrew Wiggins to his rookie contract sometime this week, and discussed at the time how that may or may not impact any trade talks Cleveland has going with the Timberwolves on a potential deal for Kevin Love.

The only thing that’s changed since then is that we may have a firm date for Wiggins to be signed, and it could be as early as Wednesday.

From Tom Withers of The Associated Press:

A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days.

Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with the talks says Wiggins will sign with Cleveland as early as Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its plans.

Signing Wiggins wouldn’t necessarily take him out of trade talks for Love; it would merely delay the earliest date when the transaction could be completed. But a trade for Love involving Wiggins could still be agreed to before then, just as free agent signings are during the moratorium period in the early days of July.

Reports have conflicted on whether or not Wiggins has been made available in a deal for Love — we’ve heard that both he and Anthony Bennett could be dealt, and we’ve heard Cavaliers head coach David Blatt say that Wiggins is “not going anywhere,” as well.

Obviously, it remains to be seen whether Wiggins might be traded, or even if the Cavaliers are able to put together a strong enough package to entice Minnesota to part ways with Love at all — especially now that the Bulls have re-entered the picture. But either way, it looks like Wiggins will be under contract with Cleveland beginning this week.

  1. Hard On For Harden - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Long term you would never give up a prospect like Wiggins for Love, but Cleveland is a unique situation. LeBron winning one title there would be historic and Love gets you closer.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      In my opinion, there aren’t any really bad options.

      Keeping Wiggins has the best chance of paying out in years 3 and 4 of LeBron’s return, due to Wiggins developing and the Cavs having extra salary cap space because of Wiggins playing under his rookie deal.

      Getting Love has the best chance of paying out in the next year or 2, as the Cavs will look to take advantage of an Eastern Conference that will probably be a little better than last year, but not by much. Who knows how tough the Eastern Conference could be in 3-4 years?

      I’d make the trade, but the Cavs would still have a bright future if they didn’t.

      • kopy - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        “Keeping Wiggins has the best chance of paying out in years 3 and 4 of LeBron’s return”

        But don’t forget LeBron only signed a 2-year deal. I want to see the Cavs succeed, but the worst case scenario of Wiggins being a bust (like many #1 picks before), Bennett not turning it around, and LeBron leaving after two years because his supporting cast sucks could still happen. At least if trading for Love doesn’t help, the Cavs will have done what LeBron wanted them to do.

  2. paleihe - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    “Sign here so we can ship you out.”

    It’s kinda weird how athletes are simply sent somewhere else because another team has their “rights”. That’s never sat well with me.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      I don’t see why people would have a problem.

      All NBA players are NBA employees who sign contracts with various franchises that operate under the NBA umbrella. Whichever franchise location owns the contract gets the right to use the player.

      Meanwhile, employees in other industries get transferred from different locations. I used to work in Texas before I was transferred to Boston as part of a promotion. If I didn’t want to get transferred, I could have refused the promotion or quit, but because I enjoy getting paid money, I accepted the transfer.

      Likewise, Wiggins could always quit from the NBA if he didn’t want to be transferred, but because he enjoys money, I suspect he’ll be okay with it.

      • paleihe - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        I understand the concept of it. Just seems like we as fans forget about the players individually, and think of them as pawns in the NBA version of Game of Thrones.

        However, a trade in the NBA isn’t a promotion, you’re simply shipped out.

  3. antistratfordian - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    To Wiggins or not to Wiggins, that is the question.

  4. bougin89 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    The Cavs should keep Wiggins and the versatility he affords the Cavs both on the court and financially.

  5. fanofthegame79 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    I still don’t understand why people are slow to give up Wiggins for Love.

    It should be stated that if Embiid wasn’t injured, the Cavs probably would have taken him (not Wiggins), so why not trade an unknown item for a known item (Love) – especially if Wiggins wasn’t their first choice?

    This almost reminds of the last time LeBron was playing for the Cavs and the organization didn’t want to trade Hickson for Amare (when Amare was still decent and with the Suns); the Cavs cited the same reasons about Hickson: he could be a superstar…..someday. That didn’t pan out all that well, did it?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      It depends on your time horizon and how you balance the risks and benefits.

      Wiggins gives the Cavs more financial flexibility until his rookie deal runs out and could become a lockdown defender in a couple of years. However, it’s not guaranteed he becomes an All-Star, and it’s not guaranteed that the Eastern Conference remains weak and LeBron remains healthy in 2-3 years, so you don’t want the Cavs’ title window to close before Wiggins matures.

      Love gives the Cavs an elite option on offense NOW that can hit threes and score in the low post and could allow the Cavs to take advantage of the still somewhat weak Eastern Conference now. However, it’s not guaranteed the Cavs could build a good enough defense with only LeBron and Varejao as strong defenders, and getting Love now might prevent them from getting decent role players in the future.

      • wiltchamberlainthethird - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:34 PM

        Thank you!!!! You keep Wiggins for the cheap now, bring in strong role players on nice affordable deals as the cap rises. In 4 years Wiggins’ rookie deal is up & LeBron will be wrapping up his 2nd max 2-year deal. By then LeBron will be ready to take the franchise player discount (a la Duncan), pay Wiggins his paper & have a roster going at least 9 deep with quality players….AKA the Spurs format.

        Versus mortgaging your entire future & cap room on a Big 3 flanked by middling talent & ring-chasing vets AKA the Heat format…which LeBron just ran away from because he saw it’s too taxing. He didn’t return to Cleveland to be Miami LeBron, he came back to be Cleveland Duncan. Just a month ago folks were screaming about how valuable depth was & now they want Cleveland to sacrifice just that & position themselves just as the Heat were. He’s gonna retire a Cav, he doesn’t have to win ASAP. Let their talent develop & build Spurs 2.0, not a redux of the Heat.

      • shanelsweet - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        Wilt, don’t you want to win a Championship? Cleveland does next year, not year 4 or whatever you think works. That’s why they’ll give up Wiggins for Love. He’s an unproven kid. Love gets it done every night.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      I think I know what a chunk of it is about…

      It has nothing to do with Wiggins or Love. It has to do with people not wanting LeBron to be in a position where he can win immediately. That explains why these people are now talking about rookie Wiggins as being something along the lines of a rookie LeBron James, when just a few months back after his last college game vs Stanford he was called a bust or worse.

      They’re framing the discussion in such a way so that if CLE makes the trade, they’ll say CLE loses, and they can go on criticizing LeBron’s team. If CLE doesn’t make the trade, they’ll be relieved, but say it was the right thing to do – but it is only “the right thing to do” to them because Bron’s team won’t be seen as title favorites.

      Another part of that is about fans wanting to keep Love available so they can try to grab him in FA.

      But the reality is that LeBron and Love on the same team would be absolutely devastating. People rightfully fear it.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Agreed, and thank you.

      • wiltchamberlainthethird - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        LOL dude c’mon, LeBron is a threat to win it with Mo Williams & an AARP Shaq. Why isn’t he a threat with last year’s All-Star MVP (Kyrie), the best prospect since LeBron himself (Wiggins), last year’s #1 (Bennett) plus Waiters, Varejeo, Bennett, Tristan Thompson & maybe Ray Allen? It’s not an argument of get Love or miss out on the playoffs…it’s an argument over bumping up your Vegas odds. As a LeBron fan yourself, wouldn’t you like to see an actual TEAM around him rather than a Big 3 & scraps?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        I would rather see a Big 3 and scraps. LeBron can turn “scraps” into a team, so that’s not an issue. You need your MJ-Pippen-Grant/Rodman. Magic-Worthy-Kareem. Bird-McHale-Parrish.

        But LeBron with Irving and rookies just isn’t going to be something that strikes fear into the hearts of opponents like LeBron, Irving and Love.

      • wiltchamberlainthethird - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Magic & Kareem were already established stars with Finals MVPs when they brought in the #1 pick Worthy. It just seems in light of Kevin Love people aren’t giving Wiggins his just due & more focused on picking him apart. It’s just zero reason for Cleveland to rush a deal, there are no other suitors for Love’s services

      • antistratfordian - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        There is no reason to hesitate when talking about Wiggins and Bennett for Love. You pull the trigger and you let Minnesota worry about what Wiggins and Bennett may or may not turn into.

        There is a reason to rush, because Wiggins and Bennett’s stock is strangely high right now and it might not be near the trade deadline. By that time Wiggins and Bennett may not be enough. Plus, if Love is going to be in Cleveland this year, you’d want him to be there for the whole year – through training camp and everything else. You don’t want to throw away a season.

      • wiltchamberlainthethird - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        It’s strange that the last 2 #1 picks stocks have high trade stock? Really?

        Your argument makes no sense. This is the most highly-sought prospect of at least the last 5 years. You’ve got the best player in the game locked up & ready to teach him. The same ‘rush rush rush!’ tactic you’re advocating is how Cleveland bricked on LeBron’s 1st run. Somehow some way you’ve got at least another 7 years with the man…you don’t blow it with the same mistakes especially when the current NBA champs have the blueprint written right in front of you.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        It is when one is Anthony Bennett.

        Wiggins is not the most highly-sought prospect of the last 5 years. He was when he was in high school. He wasn’t after Stanford.

        It would be more accurate to call him the most highly-sought prospect of the last 2 years.

        Same mistakes? When did they acquire a Kevin Love during LeBron’s first time around? If they did that he would’ve already won a ring there and would’ve never left.

  6. seasickcecil - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Cavs Wolvs talks heating up. http://ow.ly/zsTLW

  7. mrlitl - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    @Wilt

    Very good point

  8. fanofthegame79 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    I disagree, Wilt. You’re banking on Wiggins being a flat out star. Again, if Embiid wasn’t hurt, Wiggins may have very well dropped to #3. As it was mentioned above by anti: not long ago, Wiggins was trending as a bust (sub-par freshman season after the hype, disappearing act in the NCAA tournament, and more recently, an ok showing in the Summer league).

    • wiltchamberlainthethird - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Just a year ago wasn’t he ‘the best prospect since LeBron & KD’? I’m Rock Chalk Nation til the death…I watched at least 75% of Wiggins’ games last season. Locked in Bill Self’s ultra-restrictive system the boy still put up 17 & 6 a night…as a freshman. In what world is that considered ‘trending as a bust’? He most def disappeared vs. Stanford…but so what? Jabari Parker was BENCHED in the 2nd half & lost game 1 of the tourney. Embiid wasn’t even healthy enough to hit the court for us. I know it’s the cool thing to do in 2014, but y’all are really nitpicking Wiggins’ game apart before your own eyes. How the hell can he be a bust because he ‘may have very well dropped to #3’?

      & BTW not sure if you remember or not…but you should go do some research on LeBron’s summer league #s. Then come back & let me know what you find.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        I’m not sure where Jabari Parker is coming into all of this…

        I don’t think Wiggins will be the next LeBron, Durant, or even Paul George. He might be an Iguodala, but I’d take Kevin Love over Iggy, too.

        I’m of the mindset that you try to win as soon as possible, and if you can trade an unproven commodity for a proven commodity, you do it every time.

        You can’t bank on Wiggins being a star in the next few years…anything can derail that: injury, lack of skill growth, etc.; and if you can trade him for a 25-year-old Kevin Love (dude still in his prime) that’s putting up 26-12 in the NBA (screw the ultra-restrictive college game!!), you do it. The Cavs won’t be able to sign Love as a free agent (cap space) and who will they really pick up “using Wiggins’ rookie salary”?

  9. mungman69 - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Please tell me when a deal is in place

  10. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Bulls or Warriors should have acquired Love by time Cleveland is actually able to make the deal in 30 days. Love can be on either one of the other two teams within the next week, while Cleveland is watching the clock, if the Bulls and Warriors were really that serious about getting him.

  11. unxpexted1 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    i’m selfish and want wiggins traded because i’m a jabari fan and want to see both their careers start in the same place (on a rebuild) and see how each comes out.

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