As Andrew Wiggins has been getting his feet wet at the pro level with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, he’s also been the topic of much discussion. Even as the first-overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, Wiggins is already one of the central figures in the biggest trade rumors around the NBA right now.
After signing LeBron James to come back home, it seemed like the Cavs might heat up their pursuit of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love. However, the Wolves want to get ample assets in return if they’re going to deal Love, which would likely mean Cleveland trading Wiggins. Despite the fact that it might not be the smartest decision, the Cavs had been steadfast in maintaining that they weren’t going to trade the talented and potential-laden Wiggins.
The Cavaliers seem to be changing their tune, though.
According to a report from Bob Finnan of The News-Herald, as of Thursday (July 17) the Cavaliers are now willing to include Wiggins in a package that would bring Love to Cleveland to play alongside LeBron. The inference from those feelings is that the Cavs would rather bet on a sure-fire All-Star talent right now in Love playing with LeBron instead of a guy with All-Star potential who has a sizable amount of development ahead of him.
Arguably the most poignant aspect of Finnan’s report is the fact that James has said that he wants Love on the roster. LeBron is one of the most influential and powerful people in the NBA that can essentially get what he desires at any given time. More than that, though, the Cavaliers have to be in the state-of-mind where they want to follow through every request of James to ensure that he stays home for the long-term after signing just a two-year contract.
With Wiggins on the roster to go along with LeBron and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs would be an entertaining force in this league. With Love, LeBron and Irving on the roster, Cleveland could very well be a team of dynastic proportions. The question that remains, though, is whether or not Wiggins is enough for Minnesota to finally let their big man go elsewhere.