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Report: Andrew Wiggins has not been informed a trade is on the way, anticipates remaining with Cavaliers

Aug 3, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

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The Timberwolves are going to trade Kevin Love, something we’ve known for a while now which the team’s owner confirmed publicly on Saturday.

The question of where isn’t all that secretive, either, considering the Cavaliers have the best package of young assets to offer and have been reportedly narrowed down as the last team standing in talks to land Minnesota’s best player.

The details, though, are a bit tricky.

The Timberwolves are likely going to insist on receiving Andrew Wiggins in any package for Love, and Wiggins can’t be dealt for 30 days after signing his rookie contract according to NBA rules. Additionally, Minnesota has some bad contracts it wants to dump as part of the trade (we’re looking at you, J.J. Barea), and that will require involving a third team to take those players off of the Timberwolves hands.

But while the rest of us fully expect a deal to get done at some point (and one that will almost certainly involve Wiggins), the number one overall pick in this year’s draft isn’t so sure he’s going to be dealt.

From Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com:

In speaking to key members of Wiggins’ camp on Aug. 2, they adamantly maintain to CSNNW.com that the Cavaliers have not informed them a trade is forthcoming. This is even despite NBA’s online store recently discontinuing Wiggins’ jersey, Kevin Love withdrawing from World Cup play and Anthony Bennett being held out of pickup games.

All signs point towards a transaction.

“As of now, Wiggins anticipates remaining a Cavalier,” one source close to the rookie said.

This means next to nothing in terms of whether or not a deal involving Wiggins will ultimately take place.

What it does mean is that the details have yet to be worked out, and possibly that the Cavaliers are holding onto the slimmest of hopes that they can come up with some package in exchange for Love that would allow Wiggins to remain in Cleveland — as unlikely as that scenario may seem.

Wiggins appeared in a brief interview with ESPN on Sunday, and didn’t appear to be all that comfortable when the topic was broached.

“I just want to play for a team that wants me, whatever team wants me, I’ll play for,” he said.

  1. m4a188 - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    The writing is on the wall, but at least he’ll be able to take 25 shots a game in Minnesota.

    • money2long - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Simmer down

      • money2long - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Anyone who thinks he’s hoisting up 25 attempts a game as a rookie even on the wolves is smoking.

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Poor kid’s in denial.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      exactly… he anticipates being in Cleveland?

      well I guess that could happen, but he should anticipate being in Minny as that is more likely.

      one usually anticipates things most likely to happen.

  3. shanelsweet - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    There’s this pesky 30 day rule that’s stopping the Cavs from telling him. And the reason for the 30 day rule? Just another way that the owners have to self police themselves at the expense of the players. Here’s hoping that “source close to Wiggens” is advising him that it’s just business in the NBA young man. Nothing personal.

    • casualcommenter - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      Agreed with this. Even if the Cavs have worked out a trade with the Wolves, it’s entirely unsurprising he hasn’t been informed. That’s because the Cavs informing Wiggins that they’ve agreed to a trade would be admitting to a player that they just violated CBA rules.

      Depending on how Wiggins feels about being traded, the Cavs openly admitting to him that they violated the CBA to trade him could turn out very badly.

      Nothing is for sure, and it’s entirely possible the Cavs don’t trade him. However, they have a BIG incentive to not tell him about a trade even if one has already been made in secret.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        casual

        all good points and I agree with you. the team shouldn’t have told him that a trade has been worked out because that would violate the rules.

        but Wiggins is “anticipating” staying with the Cavs. that is wrong of him and I hope someone like his agent or his parent’s are informing him that he should actually be anticipating playing in Minny.

  4. chris3141084 - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Trade Waiters instead of Wiggins. I’ve heard multiple times he’s supposed to be as good as Kyrie. But I’d personally like to see the improvement of these young guys under LeBron especially Bennett, I think we should wipe last season out of our minds and give him a fresh start. Not necessarily with another team.

    • kindasporty - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      If the Cav’s could simply include Waiters in the deal instead of Wiggins, this would have been signed, sealed and delivered a long time ago. The Cav’s would have jumped on that before Minnesota could change their mind.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      I don’t think it matters much to Cleveland. Waiters, Wiggins, whatever – just send over Love. They’ve been going after him for two seasons now, and it looks like they’re finally going to get him.

  5. seasickcecil - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    They interviewed him this morning on ESPN. Deep down he knows he’s going. Nice kid. Wish him the best.

  6. 00maltliquor - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Hopefully Wiggins can take Minnesota to the playoffs in his FIRST year, something Kevin Love could never do. That would be hilarious. Unlikely, but hilarious.

    If adding Love doesn’t help the Cavs win a championship within these next 2 years, this was a dumb trade.

    • casualcommenter - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      It only becomes a bad trade in retrospect if Wiggins develops into a better player than Love.

      Even if the Cavs fall short of a ring, if Wiggins’ ceiling turns out to be Trevor Ariza rather than a superstar, then it’s not a bad trade.

      • bucrightoff - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        If Wiggins turns out to be Ariza it’s one of the most lopsided trades in recent memory. A likely future HOFer (and Love is one of 5 players since the merger to have 26 and 12 in a season, the rest are HOFers) for a role player? Doesn’t matter if Cleveland wins a title or not, because if Wiggins is Ariza they wouldn’t win a title anyways.

  7. rustyshackleford1 - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    keep Wiggins until all-star break, see how it works, Minnesota will wait

    • antistratfordian - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      And go through this all over again? Nah. We’re already here. Just get it over with.

  8. seasickcecil - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Minnesota won’t wait. If he gets hurt they get nothing. Kevin does get hurt once in awhile. All the banter here cracks me up. This deals been done for weeks.

  9. bronx77 - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    If this trade has been done for weeks then why didn’t they just do it BEFORE he signed the contract? Like on draft night? Or 3 days later?

    • antistratfordian - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Love didn’t want to go to Cleveland on draft night, or 3 days later. Cleveland tried to do it before the draft, but Love said, “NEIN!”

      Things have changed, obviously, with Kyrie extended and LeBron in the fold.

    • tcstunner - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:27 PM

      Because then Wiggins had monetary value. He was never going to get traded before he signed his deal. They needed his 5.5 mil salary to help make the numbers work. Without it, the Cavs would’ve had to trade more players.

  10. seasickcecil - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Really? Wiggins needs to be signed for his 5.5 million to be included. AW 5.5. AB 5.5. Expiring contracts 3.3 makes the money work. Got that?

    • chiadam - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Really? You’re wrong. Moron.

      Teams below the salary cap may trade without regard to salary, as long as they don’t end up more than $100,000 above the cap following a trade.

    • chiadam - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      But go on trying to make other people look bad. POS.

  11. chiadam - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    The ESPN interview with Wiggins was hilarious. Minnesota might want to rethink a package built around a kid that can’t comprehend a simple question. The interviewer asked three times if Wiggins was bothered by the NBA policy preventing him from being traded until 30 days after he signed his contract. Eventually, the interviewer just moved on.

  12. j0esixpack - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    He will adapt to being traded but it will be difficult – after all he’s played his entire pro career in Cleveland

  13. csbanter - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Potentially going from a team that will 60 games to one that will barely reach 30 is a shock. Hopefully Wiggins turns out to be the next Penny Hardaway(Magic) or McGrady(Magic). San Antonio is still better than Cleveland with Love. How’s that ?

    • mrhonorama - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      His Kansas team this past season won around 30 games, so he’s used to it.

  14. seasickcecil - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Read it and weep. http://midlevelexceptional.com/2014/07/23/kevin-love-cleveland-cavaliers-chicago-bulls-trade/

  15. seasickcecil - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Who’s the moron now? lol.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Boy you Heat-now-Cavs fans who run this site are all over every piece of minutiae concerning this trade, and are dying for it to happen, huh? Doesn’t LeBron have enough help already ha?

    • antistratfordian - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      You think LeBron fans “run” this site? That’s interesting. I think I agree with you.

  17. seasickcecil - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Chidam I don’t have to make people like you look bad. Your obviously capable of that all by yourself.

  18. seasickcecil - Aug 3, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    The guy who did the interview was so pathetic. He asked him what he thought of his Cavs 21 jersey becoming a collectors item. Really? C’mon!

  19. jbeagles23 - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Lebron owns this whole league. Since the finals every site has ran 50+ lebron articles and no more than 5 spurs articles. He is hands down the face of this league and possibly the most popular athlete on the planet at this point.

  20. ohiobears - Aug 3, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    I wish there was a way to get love and keep wiggins. Love lebron wiggins and kyrie would be a force

  21. campcouch - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    I know the consensus felling is that Wiggins is going to be part of the trade,I started thinking about the third or even a fourth team being involved. The hold may not be for Wiggins, it’s possible another team is involved with a rookie contract as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if Waiters and Bennett went to Minny instead of Wiggins. The Cavs scoring wouldn’t be a problem, defending would. Minnesota would get a guy who has shown that he can play when started and wants to be a starter. I’m just stumped over The Cavs basically agreeing to handshake deals with James and Love in the belief that the new TV deal and cap increase is a guarantee that they’ll re-sign. Of all places that should be skeptical, Cleveland should be number 1. If some reason, those two decide it’s not going to work, that leaves the Cavs at square yuck. Sorry, I’m not negative, I’ve just spent my life watching The Drive,The Fumble,The Shot, Jose Mesa blow a WS title, The Decision, Manny Ramirez walk,Sabathia traded,Cliff Lee traded,the Browns move,return and stink…I’m sure I missed a few dozen more things, but stuff like that kinda keeps me with one hand on the whiskey bottle and the other on my jerseys.

  22. thetooloftools - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    LeBron doesn’t need Love if he can mold these young guns into trained killers.
    No way do I get rid of Wiggins.No way on earth.

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