Updates from Monday, July 21
Bob Finnan of the Morning Journal and the News-Herald reports on the Cleveland Cavaliers' stance regarding No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins:
The Cavaliers insist rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins has not been offered in a possible trade for Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love.
No one involved would guarantee it wouldn’t happen at a later date, but for now the Cavaliers will proceed in Love negotiations without using the mercurial Wiggins as a trade chip, a source told The News-Herald.
Updates from Sunday, July 20
The NBA on ESPN Twitter account has the latest update on what the Cavs plan on doing with Andrew Wiggins:
Updates from Saturday, July 19
Wiggins talked about the rumors swirling around him, according to Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk:
“I let my agent and my support system handle that, I just love playing the game of basketball and I know the NBA is a business,” Wiggins said Friday night after his Cavaliers had played their last game in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Is all of this distracting, especially with family and friends asking him about it?
“Not at all,” Wiggins said. “If it’s someone important, family or friends, you kind of tell them what you know. But if it’s not, it’s mostly in one ear and out the other.”
But is he worried?
“No. I just play basketball man wherever I go.”
He added that the Cavaliers have not told him personally anything.
“I just know what you know, I just see what you see on TV,” Wiggins said.
CSN Northwest's Chris Haynes refutes previous reports that Andrew Wiggins was made available as a potential trade piece:
Cavs G/F Andrew Wiggins has not been made available to Wolves or anyone, multiple league sources tell @CSNNW. They're not budging right now.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 19, 2014
Updates from Friday, July 18
ESPN's Chris Broussard reports the Cavs have made Wiggins, along with Anthony Bennett, available:
One source said the Cavs are also willing to give up a first-round draft pick for next season. Any other players involved in the talks are not known.
Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press refutes reports that Wiggins is up in any potential trade talks:
Andrew Wiggins has not been offered for Kevin Love. Klay Thompson has not been offered for Kevin Love. This is where things stand.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 18, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 17
Bob Finnan of The Morning Journal & The News-Herald reported on the latest in Cleveland's pursuit of Kevin Love and how it impacts Andrew Wiggins:
Rumors have surfaced that the Cavaliers wouldn’t include rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins in any possible deal for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ star.
A league source said on July 17 that the Cavs are now willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. ...
... Up until this point, it was assumed the Cavs wanted to hang onto Wiggins, largely because of comments made by Coach David Blatt.
However, a source said James wants the 6-10, 250-pound Love on the roster. And, what James wants, he normally gets.
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today later confirmed the report on Wiggins' inclusion in trade talks:
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
Updates from Saturday, July 12
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal has the latest Andrew Wiggins speculation:
#Cavs David Blatt on Wiggins trade rumors: "There’s no reason for worry on his part because Andrew’s not going anywhere, as far as I know."— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) July 12, 2014
After being selected with the first pick of the 2014 NBA draft, Andrew Wiggins was considered a major part of the Cleveland Cavaliers' future. However, LeBron James coming to town has changed the organization's priorities.
James announced his intentions to return to Cleveland on a special to Sports Illustrated, via Lee Jenkins. In the piece, the four-time MVP discussed his willingness to be a part of building the future with the Cavaliers:
I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now. No way. Of course, I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010. My patience will get tested. I know that. I’m going into a situation with a young team and a new coach. I will be the old head. But I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.
The fact that he did not mention Wiggins at all is something that people have noticed, like Grantland's Bill Simmons:
Also - VERY interesting that LeBron didn't mention Wiggins or Bennett in that mini-essay. Makes me wonder if Kevin Love is the next domino.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 11, 2014
Ken Berger of CBS Sports also provides some rumors concerning the possibility of bringing in Kevin Love in this type of deal:
As the LeBron after-effects crank up, word among multiple team execs is No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins will be in play in Kevin Love trade.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 11, 2014
However, ESPN's Brian Windhorst refutes that:
Andrew Wiggins will play in summer league tonight for Cavs. They have no plans to include him in trade talks for Kevin Love, sources said.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 11, 2014
Considering Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season, he would obviously be a huge addition for any team. However, the big risk with acquiring him this summer is the chance that he will not re-sign once he becomes a free agent in 2015.
Fortunately, ESPN's Marc Stein believes the forward would at least consider sticking around now that James is in town:
Source close to situation says Kevin Love indeed "intrigued" by idea of being dealt to Cavs and would commit long there if traded there— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2014
Kevin Pelton of ESPN thinks this move would be a no-brainer for the Cavaliers (subscription required):
Should the Cavaliers acquire Love, he'd be arguably the best player with whom James has ever teamed. While Love's résumé might not compare to Dwyane Wade's playoff success before teaming up with James, his performance is similar to Wade's in 2010. Last season, Love produced 20.3 WARP, good for third in the league behind James and Kevin Durant. In 2009-10, Wade posted 20.0 WARP as the leader of a one-star Miami team.
Crucially, unlike Wade, Love is likely to maintain that level of play for several years to come.
However, any deal for the three-time All-Star would almost certainly have to include Wiggins, as argued by Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press:
An offer from the Cavs to the Wolves that doesn't include Wiggins is simply not an offer. Can't put it any more clearly than that.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 11, 2014
This does not appear to be something the Cavaliers are likely to do, according to both Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
FYI: Again, Thursday afternoon, Cavs source told @FOXSportsOH: "Andrew Wiggins is not being traded."— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 11, 2014
At the moment, Cavaliers rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins' camp believes he won't be traded to Minnesota for Kevin Love.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 11, 2014
ESPN's Chris Broussard reports the team might try to find a way around it:
Source: Cavs have told Wiggins he's not being traded. TWolves want Wiggins. Cavs will try 2 do it w/out losing Wiggins. Must find 3rd team— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 11, 2014
While Love, still only 25, is one of the best power forwards in the game, Wiggins, 19, has seemingly limitless potential. He can develop alongside one of the best ever to play the game in James.
Magic Johnson thinks his upside could help Cleveland form a great new core:
LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins have the potential to be a great "Big 3".— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 11, 2014
Just as importantly, Wiggins is someone who can help right away with his defensive ability and athleticism, which will show up on fast breaks if nothing else. He might not be an All-Star in his first season, but he will be a useful player in the hunt for an NBA title in 2014-15 and beyond.
The Cavaliers have some important decisions to make over the next few weeks. None will be bigger than what the front office decides to do with Wiggins.
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