With the Cleveland Cavaliers officially inking the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, on Thursday, all the traction that was sending Kevin Love to Cleveland will be put on hold for at least 30 days. Wiggins can’t be traded until at least August 23.
As we stand, odds for 2014-15 NBA futures has the Cavaliers as one of the favorites to win the NBA Championship. Trading for Kevin Love will only magnify their odds. If they can get it down, though.
Wiggins has been involved in trade discussions between the Cavs and Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a deal that would send Kevin Love to Cleveland. Because of league rules on rookie contracts, such a deal now cannot be completed for 30 days. Wiggins, who signed a four-year deal, will have a starting salary of $5.5 million after the Cavs gave him the allowed 20 percent premium on the rookie scale, sources said.
From all parties involved, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still presumed to be the leader in the clubhouse to land Love, however, this 30-day window will allow other teams to steal Love away from Cleveland. Whether that will happen remains to be seen. Though, it’s definitely a possibility.
Earlier in the week it was reported that the Chicago Bulls had rejoined the Love sweepstakes, though, the Wolves reportedly favor the Cavs offer because of the potential multiple draft picks that they can offer.
Chicago is making a renewed trade pitch for Love — with forward Taj Gibson and newly signed Nikola Miroticbelieved to be at the heart of the Bulls’ offer — while Golden State also could re-emerge as the biggest threat to Cleveland if the Warriors relent on their long-standing reluctance to include Klay Thompson in their offers for Love.
If Golden State ever decides to deal Klay Thompson, this sweepstakes is over. With that ever becoming a likely scenario unlikely, the Cavaliers have to feel real good about themselves landing Love.
But anything can happen in 30 days — it’s going to be one long month in Cleveland.