Up until today there had been rumors that the Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t interested in shopping No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star power forward Kevin Love. Now, it seems as if those rumors are dead and Wiggins is very much so a chip to be dealt in Cleveland’s pursuit of Love. According to Bob Finnan of The News-Herald, a league source has come out saying that the Cavs are now willing to trade Wiggins, who remains unsigned.
The source that Finnan has been in contact with is also saying that LeBron James is a big advocate for bringing in Love and adding more veteran players to the roster. It was also reported that the Cavs were trying to work out a three-team deal with Minnesota and the Golden State Warriors in an attempt to keep Andrew Wiggins on the team by putting together a package consisting of Dion Waiters. Those talks have since stalled, and now the Cavs are trying once again to land the double-double machine that is Love.
Finnan also reported that the deal would include Andrew Wiggins, former first-round pick Anthony Bennett, a first-round pick and possibly center Brendan Haywood. This would have to mean that the Timberwolves would work out a sign-and-trade with Love, as his contract will end at the end of this upcoming season and the Cavs would need a long-term commitment if they’re going to be giving up three first-round picks. He will make $15.7 million this season.
For Love, I just don’t see how that’s worth it. Even if you do bring on a stat stuffer like him, he’s not guaranteeing you a championship. He has just as much playoff experience as Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and, heck, even Anthony Bennett. And that number is zero. Love has also been a questionable defender throughout his six-year NBA career as well, while Andrew Wiggins has already shown that his upside in that same department is real throughout Summer League play thus far.
There are no guarantees in sports, and although some say that the Cavs would be elevated to the status of top Eastern Conference team with the addition of Love, it’s not a given at all. Even though what LeBron has wanted he has gotten thus far — and for a cheap price — the best situation for the Cavs is to keep Andrew Wiggins and watch him develop over the first half of this upcoming season. There’s no scenario where I see Wiggins’s stock falling, so he can only be a more valuable trade asset for the Cavs if he’s kept on the team. What Wiggins has to offer on a rookie wage is worth much more than what Love has to offer regarding the type of money he would demand.