By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on July 18, 2014
After stating that they had no interest in including rookie Andrew Wiggins in a trade for Kevin Love, sources indicate that the Cleveland Cavaliers are going back on that statement. In fact, it is LeBron James himself who has reached out to Love. At this point, it’s just a matter of time until the deal gets done, assuming the right pieces come together. Here are five reasons why the Cavaliers must include Wiggins in a trade for Love.
The owner for the Minnesota Timberwolves has stated he would like to keep Love for the upcoming season. What he really means is that he’s not giving up Love unless the right price comes along. The Timberwolves have to get something for him, but it has to be worth it. That means settling for nothing less than a trade that includes Wiggins. In fact, we’re looking at a minimum of three players and probably a first round pick for Love.
Wiggins has looked good in Summer League thus far. He also has the potential to be great. The thing is Love already is great. He’s one of the best big men in the game. Not to mention, who knows what he will be capable of accomplishing once he’s put with real a real superstar on a legitimate contender. I understand that the Cavs have their doubts about giving up Wiggins because of what he could be, but Love is already a proven great player.
James said that he fully expects to bring a NBA championship to Cleveland. However, he also made sure fans are aware that it will take time in order to do so. Acquiring Love will accelerate the process to win titles. As good as it was to have Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, giving James Kyrie Irving and Love is a straight up game changer.
At this point, keeping James happy needs to be a top priority. No one in Cleveland wants what happened last time around to occur again. More importantly, James has more experience when it comes to winning championships than the Cavaliers do. He understands what it takes to get the job done, which is why he’s recruiting Mike Miller, Ray Allen and Love. If James wants it to happen then Cleveland needs to get it done.
I believe the return of James means the Cavaliers will win one championship over the next few years. The man is determined to make the city of Cleveland love him forever, and he so desperately wants to bring the fans a title. There’s no denying that acquiring Love will change the power balance in the Eastern Conference, which will give the Cavaliers an opportunity to win multiple championships.
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