A trade sending Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers is feeling more inevitable by the day. Even Andrew Wiggins—one of the players rumored to be heading to the Minnesota Timberwolves in any potential deal—has seemingly resigned himself to the possibility.
The NBA on ESPN shared Wiggins' comments Sunday:
The Kansas superstar was the top overall pick in this year's NBA draft by the Cavs after averaging 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while flashing the potential to be a dynamic on-ball defender. He was probably thrilled to be surrounded by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and a slew of other young, talented players since he could develop without needing to be the top gun right off the bat.
But almost immediately, he became the source of trade rumors, with the Cavs reportedly entering the fray for All-Star power forward Love. Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported not only that the Cavs were the sole team remaining in the Love sweepstakes last week, but also that Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-rounder would likely be the framework of the deal to bring Love to Cleveland.
The Timberwolves have even addressed Love's situation, per Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press:
The Timberwolves say now that they expect to trade disgruntled all-star Kevin Love and that a deal is expected Aug. 23 or Aug. 24.
'I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do,' Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press.
Taylor's preference, though, is that Love remain in Minnesota. The August dates for a trade are because that's when the Cleveland Cavaliers officially can deal their first-round draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, to the Wolves.
As if that wasn't indication enough that the deal between the two teams was likely to go down, consider the following from Sports Illustrated on Twitter:
Does anyone at this point think Love won't be traded to the Cavaliers?
Wiggins will more than likely be joining a Minnesota team that won't be completely devoid of talent. He should pair nicely with point guard Ricky Rubio, for instance, while first-round pick Zach LaVine has a lot of upside.
Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press has more on how Wiggins might fit in with the team:
Corey Brewer is not a candidate to be moved in a potential Wolves-Cavs deal. He's staying in Minnesota.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) August 1, 2014
@jgg512 wiggins start at SF. They've always thought brewer best suited for off the bench— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) August 1, 2014
One thing is for certain: In Minnesota, Wiggins will immediately be a much more central pillar in the team's game plan. In Cleveland, he would have been a member of the supporting cast next year behind James and Irving. In Minnesota, he'll be the leading man right off the bat.
It's a lot of pressure, but that's life in the NBA for a top overall pick. Wiggins has already faced the uncertainty that comes with being put on the trade market. Surely, he'll view having to be the man immediately in Minnesota as nothing more than a baptism by fire should the deal come to fruition.