Cavaliers Willing to Include No. 1 Pick Andrew Wiggins in Potential Kevin Love Trade?
The moment LeBron James announced he was "coming home" to Cleveland, the entire landscape of the NBA's Eastern Conference — and really, the whole league — shifted dramatically. Suddenly, the Cavaliers became major title contenders, and ditched their re-building plans.
Any team with a LeBron-in-his-prime isn't looking for prospects, it's looking for superstars to pair with The King. The biggest available superstar name in the market right now is Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, a three-time All-Star unhappy in Minnesota. Reportedly, LeBron has reached out to Love to let him know that he wants to team up in Cleveland.
In theory, it makes all the sense in the world for the Wolves to flip Love to the Cavs in exchange for young assets, in the form of draft picks and players. But so far, the hold-up in negotiations had been the availability of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. The Cavs, until now, had been reluctant to part with the 19-year-old, who has been compared, on occasion, to LeBron.
But a report from ESPN suggests that Cleveland is now willing to give up Wiggins in exchange for Love, a move that should make a trade more tantalizing for Minnesota. Details:
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now offering No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in attempts to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love, league sources have confirmed.
The availability of Wiggins could lead to a blockbuster trade that could shift the balance of power in the Eastern Conference and the league as a whole.
The two clubs have been engaged in trade discussions since LeBron James announced he was returning to Cleveland last Friday.
But talks stalled due to the Cavaliers' refusal to include the 19-year-old Wiggins in any trade, as sources said the Timberwolves were unwilling to send Love to Cleveland without receiving the former star Kansas guard in return.
Bottom line: Would you trade Wiggins for Love?