Rumors continue to swirl, for all of them from the past few days check the links at the bottom, leading to a return to a earlier rumor involving Kevin Love. This one says that the Cavs offered the #1 overall pick, Tristan Thompson (#4 in 2011 draft) and Dion Waiters (#4 in 2012) for Love. 3 top 5 picks for the veteran power forward with unique combination of 3 point shooting and rebounding. We can learn alot about the key people involved from this offer, and Minnesota reportedly turning it down.
What does it mean about…
Minnesota and Kevin Love
Flip Saunders and the Timberwolves are bent on building around Love and PG Ricky Rubio and offers not including Kyrie Irving, or other stars of that level, are not going to draw in Love. For Love he has 2 seasons to decide whether the Wolves, with a new front office, are where he wants to spend the rest of his prime career years.
View of Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson Outside Cleveland
Cavalier fans have seen the development of Thompson and the hope of Waiters and value their contributions greatly. For the Wolves to turn down that offer so quickly tells us what others feel about 2 of the Cavs core players. With this trade the Wolves would build a starting 5 of Rubio, Waiters, Thompson and Nerlens Noel or Alex Len. This would be a positive foundation for a young roster. The Cavs get to build around the same type of lineup with an upgrade at the point. Waiters and Thompson may prove many around the league wrong as their value doesn’t seem to be much, and the Cavs shouldn’t look to trade them at the low point. Buy Low, Sell High.
Chris Grant and the Cavaliers
The edict from Dan Gilbert to make the playoffs this year may be real. Grant was willing to trade 2 of their young players and the #1 pick in the 2013 draft to bring in a All Star to pair with Kyrie Irving. The Cavs could still have the #19 pick and the 2 second round picks to try to build around Irving, Love, Anderson Varejao and Alonzo Gee. Grant hasn’t seemed like the desperate type in his previous maneuvers, to be so here would be surprising. From a talent trade the 3 for 1 trade may not be balanced in favor of the Wolves but from the Cavs perspective may be a inappropriate way to build a team.
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