It started off as a mere rumor, earlier this morning, but now sources have confirmed that the Cleveland Cavaliers are indeed willing to include Andrew Wiggins in a trade that would send Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love to the Cavs.
Cleveland Cavaliers now willing to include Wiggins in Kevin Love trade offer http://t.co/93I94KhZmj
— Bob Finnan (@BobCavsinsider) July 17, 2014
Indeed, Cavaliers have put Andrew Wiggins on table in their effort to acquire Kevin Love from Timberwolves who been firm in trade demands. — Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 17, 2014
The T’Wolves have repeatedly told the Cavaliers organization that if they were to part ways with Love, Wiggins MUST be included in the discussion. Although Cleveland had been reluctant to part ways with Wiggins, it seems as if they have finally bit the bait.
The Cavs have found themselves in quite the precarious situation, as they face the dilemma of short term versus long term. On the short term side of things, you look at LeBron James and say, ‘Ok, LeBron’s turning 30 this year, we have a small window to bring the King the best possible cast we can right now, so he has the best chance of winning for years to come.’ But on the other side of things, you look at Andrew Wiggins and say, ‘Ok, Andrew Wiggins has the potential to be the next big superstar like a Kobe Bryant or LeBron James, let’s hold onto the kid and see what he brings us long term.’
Most likely, with the addition of sharpshooters Mike Miller and James Jones, all signs are pointing to the Cavs wanting to win, and wanting to win right now, which has been reaffirmed by Bob Finnan of The News-Herald.
“A league source said on July 17 that the Cavs are now willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft.”
“However, a source said James wants the 6-10, 250-pound Love on the roster.”
Me personally, for the franchise’s sake, I would hold onto Andrew Wiggins and try to develop him, especially with the best player on the planet there to mentor the young Wiggins.