With Lebron James “coming home” to Cleveland, the Cleveland Cavaliers instantly become contenders for the 2014-15 season. James alongside rookie Andrew Wiggins and Kyrie Irving could “potentially” be a deadly trio right? Well, now the 19-year old rookie Wiggins may already be involved in a trade to would land Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could trade the last two No. 1 overall draft picks — Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett — to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Kevin Love deal, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard. Also, in Broussard’s report, the Cavaliers will also include a first round pick with both Bennett and Wiggins in the reported deal.
If Cleveland is actually willing to offer both Wiggins and Bennett, then the Wolves should jump on it. It is hard to trade a star with the credentials as Love has, but he doesn’t want to be there. He has already announced he will test the free agency market at the end of the 2014-15 season, so why not get the most you can get in return? There’s no better return than a potential future star that is in the first year of a rookie contract. Honestly, just getting Wiggins has been enough for Minnesota. The deal also includes a slimmer, more in shape Bennett, who has looked phenomenal in Summer League, and also next year’s first round pick as well.
For Cleveland, it is indeed a ton of future talent to give up, but it does give them the best chance to win now. James himself has reached into Kevin Love as well and if it is what he wants there isn’t much arguing with that. At this point who is to say he doesn’t have any control of what moves the Cavaliers make via trades, signings, etc.
Initially the plan was to keep Wiggins and work with what they already had on the roster which wasn’t a bad idea either. When you have a player like James on your roster, he has the capability of making everyone around him better. Imagine how well Bennett, Wiggins, Irving, and Waiters could flourish with him. James had taken one of the worst teams to ever appear in the Finals in 2005, so why couldn’t he do the same with this roster?
Salary cap wise, it would make more sense to keep Wiggins especially since they would obviously have to extend Love to a new deal which would limit their spending in free agency next off-season. The possibility of having Wiggins learn from the best basketball player in the world and become the future of your franchise seems more important. James will be turning 30, why not be sure to keep another star in Wiggins, who can become the team’s next franchise player. It is a risky move to keep him, because when his rookie contract is up, he does have the opportunity to leave Cleveland via free agency. If they treat him well and invest their future in him along with LeBron he would have no reason to leave.
If you want to win now, absolutely Love is the best option make that the trade. It would take a fool to say that Wiggins gives them the best chance to win now, but you have to look at the bigger picture here and that’s that teams with super big three’s much like in Miami doesn’t guarantee you a win as we’ve seen. If the trade is finalized soon, it shouldn’t shock anyone because that means they want to win now, but if they decide to keep Wiggins it shows they do want him involved in their future along with James and Irving.