Cleveland Cavaliers: 5 Reasons Why Andrew Wiggins Should Not Be In Kevin Love Trade

5 Reasons Why Andrew Wiggins Should Not Be in Kevin Love Trade

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Recently, there has been much debate about the possibility of the Cleveland Cavaliers trading Andrew Wiggins in a deal for Kevin Love. Certainly, Love would round out an impressive Big 3 alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, however, dealing Wiggins may not be the Cavaliers' best option. As Love rumors fill the news, Cleveland's management has declared that they will not deal Wiggins, and these five reasons support those statements.

5. Salary

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5. Salary

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Kevin Love will most likely want a max contract, and fitting him into a roster with two other max players will be a large challenge. With Love, the Cavaliers would have to go way over the cap, leaving Dan Gilbert with large amounts of luxury taxes. Wiggins' cheap rookie pay scale, on the other hand, provides a low-risk, high-reward contract.

4. Contract Length

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4. Contract Length

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Love's contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves has one guaranteed year remaining, and then he will test free agency. Love has publicly stated that he would sign a long-term deal in Cleveland now that LeBron James is under contract. However, as previously stated, Wiggins has a friendly contract that will soon be signed for four years. The latter option makes more sense, rather than paying Love and the luxury tax that will come along with him.

3. Upside

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3. Upside

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Wiggins has the potential to be one of the league's best two-way players. Next to Irving and James, Wiggins will not have to carry the load offensively, something he would certainly struggle with early in his career. Instead, he can sit back and play to his strengths, running the floor and defending the perimeter. Giving Wiggins time to develop is a great way for him to eventually reach his full potential, which is highly observable.

2. Perimeter Defense

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2. Perimeter Defense

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One of Wiggins' best assets right now is his ability to defend NBA perimeter players. This has to be appealing to James, knowing he will not have to guard the best player on the other team for extremely long stretches. Instead, James can use this energy on the offensive end. With this versatility, Wiggins and James will make an incredible defensive duo on the wing for years to come.

1. Teammate LeBron James

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1. Teammate LeBron James

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Out of Kansas, the best-case scenario for WIggins was to play next to the best player in the world, and this scenario came to fruition when James made his decision to play for the Cavaliers once again. In Cleveland, Wiggins can observe how James goes about his day-to-day activities, playing a helpful role in Wiggins' development. James, who has grown up since his last stint in Cleveland, can mentor Wiggins, improving him as a player and person.

Nicholas Sciria is a San Antonio Spurs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Sciria, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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