Over the past few days, the Cleveland Cavaliers have started to change their tune about trading their prized No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins for superstar Kevin Love. Wiggins for K-Love makes all the sense in the world and the Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to realize that. The Minnesota Timberwolves have already stated that they will not trade Kevin Love to the Cavs unless Wiggins is involved, and honestly why would they? But with Wiggins included in any deal between the two sides, everybody wins, including Wiggins.
The Cavaliers have had a hell of an offseason this year with the re-signing of all-star point guard Kyrie Irving and the return of prodigal son and king of the Iron Throne Lebron James. That being said, as good as both of those players are, they are not good enough to win a championship with the current cast of characters on their roster. That is where Love comes in. By trading for Love Cleveland will automatically propel themselves to the top of the Eastern Conference and maybe even the league. Though I still wouldn’t bet against the Spurs. They are like the Patriots. Just don’t do it.
Okay, so we know all of this because it has been talked about non-stop for the last two weeks. But why should the Cavaliers give up Wiggins who has the potential to be a force in this league for the next decade and a half? And what is in it for Wiggins? Great question — I am glad you asked. First, the Cavaliers are getting a bona fide stud in Love who is a top five player in the league hands down. The guy can do it all. At 6’10 243lbs he can take it to the hoop, post players up with various hook shots and spin moves, rebound with the best of them, pass, and shoot the absolute living daylights out of the ball. Oh, and did I mention he’s only 25 years old? Who wouldn’t want a guy like that on their team?
Secondly, how does a trade to Minnesota help Wiggins? It may seem strange that any team would trade a number one draft pick with the upside of Wiggins before he ever plays an official regular season game. That being said, if Wiggins is ever going to reach that potential, he is not going to do it in Cleveland. With the return of Lebron and the re-signing of Irving, the Cavaliers are in “win now mode.” That means that they must win NOW. Not two years down the road, not five years from the next solar eclipse… NOW. They don’t have time to waste while Wiggins goes through the growing pains that all rookie and sophomore players do. Although, I believe he can learn a lot from both Bron Bron and Kyrie, he is never going to be the main guy on that team while those two are around, and by the looks of things, they are going to be there for quite some time.
That brings us to Minnesota. With Minnesota acquiring Wiggins, they have just landed their future face of the franchise who is young enough to build around and has an abundance of talent. Minnesota will hand the reigns over to Wiggins and can live with the highs and the lows of his performance from night to night along with the agitations that will come with his growth. This gives the T-Wolves a chance to start over with a new star player. They need to learn from the Love and Kevin Garnett situations and rebuild their team the right way this time so that they may attract future free agents instead of repelling them like your multi-colored braces used to send girls running for the hills in high school.
Lastly, if Dan Gilbert had any shred of common sense as well as dignity left, he would pull the trigger on this trade as soon as possible. He has received a second chance with Lebron returning to Cleveland and that is something that is rare in sports and life for that matter. By getting Love, he will do what he didn’t do for Lebron in his first seven years with the Cavaliers, give him much needed help. With great power comes great responsibility… it is time for the Cavaliers to act accordingly.