Apr 4, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) is pressured by Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Minnesota Timberwolves won in 2 overtimes 122-121. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

If LeBron James Returns, Would Cavs Move Andrew Wiggins For Kevin Love?


It’s almost a ridiculous question to ask. Should the Cavs revisit trading for Kevin Love if LeBron James returns to Cleveland?

The answer is obviously yes. The acquisition of the former UCLA standout would give Cleveland its own “Big 3″ in Kyrie Irving, Love, and of course, James.

The deal would hinge on Love signing a long-term deal, which he may be more likely to do with James playing on the north shore.

But what would it cost to acquire the Western Conference All-Star?

Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com appeared on 92.3 The Fan Monday, and threw out Andrew Wiggins’ name as a potential trade piece.

“They got Andrew Wiggins in the draft. They probably have the means to go out and get Kevin Love if Kevin would change his mind about playing long-term in Cleveland,” Sheridan said.

If LeBron returns, he probably will expect to contend for a title this season, which means the Cavs will have to make some other moves. The Irving, Wiggins, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson nucleus is nice, but not good enough to win an NBA title.

Thompson probably won’t be traded if James returns, so that leaves Wiggins and Dion Waiters, and possibly Anthony Bennett, if the Timberwolves would be interested in last year’s No. 1 overall pick.

It’s bizarre to consider moving a player with Wiggins’ potential, but some major fuel was tossed on the fire when the Cavs team shop sent out this letter informing customers who purchased a Wiggins jersey that they would have to wait two-to four-weeks after Wiggins signed his contract to finally get their No. 21 jerseys.

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E-mail regarding the arrival of Andrew Wiggins’ jersey from the Cavaliers’ Team Shop.

Of course, general manager David Griffin may hang on to Wiggins. Remember, Griffin went out of his way to call Wiggins a shooting guard, which would clear to the way for James to slide into the small forward spot.

And how do you think James would feel having another big-time defender to help him cover the opposition’s best player? Wiggins could be that guy as his defense was constantly praised heading into the draft.

And there’s that Michael Jordan/Scottie Pippen comparison Bill Simmons made:

Would you move Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love if LeBron James signs with the Cavs, proving Love is willing to sign long-term?

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  • Stevie Adams

    cavs trading wiggins?! thats the dumbest thing ive ever heard

    • fidel305

      no takers

    • GeorgiaRed

      Bill Simmons did say it best yesterday on ESPN radio(reference in the above article). You got one of the top point guards in the game, they got the trade pieces to get another All-Star, & oh yeah, Andrew Wiggins, who Lebron can train to be his Pippen.

      • fidel305

        stats show irving is NOT one of the top point guards. he does make nice commercials though.

        • Jeff Glenellen

          Name 5 point guards that are better right now so I can get a good laugh. I love the “stats” comment by the way, too funny

          • fidel305

            how’s this for a stat u Moe Ron, the crappy cavs are 8 points a game better with Dr drew on the bench

          • Jeff Glenellen

            Yeah I guess since the Cavs and Irving suck that is why Lebron would even consider going there to play? Doesn’t make much sense when he can basically go wherever he wants to. I guess it’s because he can be closer to Akron, right? Too funny

          • fidel305

            no one said LeBron was smart or had guts.

            cavs suck.

            but the LeBron entourage hates riley for cutting off their ridiculous perks that the league was laughing at Cleveland for. they didn’t have floor seats and seats on the cavs bench, no-show cavs jobs, seats on the team plane, nor did they and LeBron have the ability any longer to dictate how and when the team travelled to accommodate their partying and socializing. and, the entire city of Miami treated them as the loser hanger-ons that they are. they HATED it.

            LeBron cant stand the pressure of having to win, so my guess is that he follows his entourage’s lead and runs back to Cleveland where the pressure is off and the fans are happy to go .500 and win an occasional eastern title.

            no more need to answer why he shrinks in the 4Q of championship games. No need to fake cramps. No need to try to measure up to MJ or Kobe, Magic, Bird, West, Duncan, Baylor, or Wade for that matter

            Go Cleveland !!!

            LMAO.

          • fidel305

            Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker Damian Lillard

            Wall, Rondo, Dragic, Rose.
            and, I’m sure that I am missing one or two others that Are better than Dr drew

          • Jeff Glenellen

            Lmao, did you seriously mention Wall,Dragic,Rose(who is ALWAYS injured), Lawson, Williams(way overrated, 14 ppg seriously?) and Mike freakin’ Conley? Wow,just wow. That right there proves you know nothing and are strictly here to hate. If you truly believe those guys are even AS good as Irving you seriously shouldn’t even be talking NBA. Goodnight fool, I mean tool :)

          • fidel305

            yeah. dummass. all of them are better.

            and, by my math, you are conceding that 7 point guards are BETTER, since you can only level lameass critiques of 6 of the 13. So I win. So much for that name five better point gaurds BS of yours right?

            but you don’t have to believe me. or yourself. lol.

            google “is kyrie irving a top 10 point guard” or “Kyrie irving is over-rated” and see what you get

            and the cavs are 8 points better with drew on the bench. and, in the catch and shoot, which he’d have to do with LeBron, he ranks 70 something out of all NBA guards. and, he cant play defense and turns the ball over. but like I said nice commercials

            LeBron and Cleveland, a perfect match. LOL

            seeya dummass

  • fidel305

    Love is not going to play in Cleveland ever. he wants a west coast team. and certainly not the mistake by the lake

    wiggins is never going to be as good as bosh is now, and wont be an all star, if a t all , until LeBron is in his next contract

    Bennett is a bust

    kyrie irving shoots less than 45%, cant play defense and has incredibly bad player metrics. he’s a cancer on the team, just like Stephan Marbury was with the knicks

    the closest blatt has come to being a head coach in the nba is watchin nba tv while working in Israel for the maccabi team. he coaches euro style offense. no place for LeBron’s iso plays which is all he can do in the half court

    still think Cavs make sense?

    • Stevie Adams

      WHAT!? bosh stinks. wiggins has potential to be a superstar. bosh was never a super star. hes a sidekick. bennett has played one season. yes it was horrible. but this offseason hes been working out and has lst 25 lbs (so Ive hear anyways). if thats true, wait for him to be on top of his game this season. and Blatt was just named Euro league coach of the year. he’s coached a team to a championship and he’s coached in the olympics with russia. wake up and smell the coffee bro.

      • fidel305

        if ifs and buts were candy and nuts we’ll all have a merry Christmas.
        bosh has been offered a 4 year / 88 mil max deal by Houston. wiggins is a development project
        a lot of one and dones with potential don’t make it. no one, not even dummasss Cleveland, would trade a proven all star like bosh for someone like wiggins, unless of course it was a sign and trade where bosh was leaving anyway and u were just trying to get something in return.
        yeah LeBron’s going back to cleveland and will be singing kumbaya with gilbert any day now. lol

        • Stevie Adams

          how many points did bosh have in game 7 in 2013 finals?? ZERO.

          • fidel305

            how many points has wiggins had in his NBA career? LMAO

          • Jeff Glenellen

            He’s a rookie,Captain Obvious here,folks

          • fidel305

            exactly. LMAO. u made my point and are too stupid to realize it. u must be from cleveland

          • Jeff Glenellen

            Actually I’m not from Cleveland, not even close actually. My point was you are predicting Wiggins will be out of the NBA in 3 years yet you have no proof to back that up,just like you have no proof of whether he will be good or not. Come back to me in a few years and if you are right I will 100% admit you are. My point is neither I nor you can predict what will happen. I never guaranteed anything at any point, only God knows the answers and neither me or you are God

        • Jeff Glenellen

          Fidel knows NOTHING about the NBA, his comments are proving his point more and more with each post

          • fidel305

            and yet somehow you cant find the brains or balls to actually take a position you may be called on to defend

          • Jeff Glenellen

            Defend what? Truth is, no one knows what will happen in the coming days,yet no matter what I say you obviously have all the answers as to how everything will unfold

          • Henry chibueze

            Your not backing up your case

          • Jeff Glenellen

            Lol, I hear crickets

        • Jeff Glenellen

          I never said he was coming back 100%, but you have to admit this podcast is pretty interesting
          http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2014/07/10/podcast-discussing-lebron-on-cleveland-radio/

          • Henry chibueze

            i support you this man dont know what he talking bout

    • GeorgiaRed

      “he wants a west coast team”
      -Which is why he said he’d have no problem going to Boston right, cause they are SOOO west coast, & let’s completely forget that Love said on national t.v. not to rule Cleveland out as a place he’d play.
      “wiggins is never going to be as good as bosh is now”
      -Considering he 1. Plays an entirely different position, 2. Was recruited a HELL of a lot more than Bosh was 3. Was personnally invited to LBJ’s camp every year since he was a sophmore in high school & made him leave his seat in excitement numerous times & 4. Already plays better defense, we’ll just chalk this moronic statement up to your ignorance.
      “Bennett is a bust”
      -Yeah, a 20 year old kid that was recovering from an injury that prevented him from running or working out for 3 months & needed surgery just to breath right, clearly won’t ever get any better
      “kyrie irving shoots less than 45%, cant play defense and has incredibly bad player metrics. he’s a cancer on the team, just like Stephan Marbury was with the knicks”
      -Who’s Stephan Marbury? Maybe if you had at least a 3rd grade grammer education & could properly spell peoples names, you’d look like less of an jack wagon.
      “the closest blatt has come to being a head coach in the nba is watchin nba tv while working in Israel for the maccabi team”
      -Hence the reason he’s a first time NBA coach. Glad you figured that one all out by yourself there genius.
      “he coaches euro style offense”
      -A guy coaching Euro style of basketball in Europe? Get out of here! U know who else coaches that style? A guy by the name of Popovich
      “still think Cavs make sense?”
      A young team with cap room, young tradeable players, 3 #1 draft picks, & $19 million dollars coming off the books for next season, very much so, but then again I actually have played & know the game.

      • fidel305

        u know nothing

        wiggins is unproven. i’ll bet you now whatever ur minimum wage job will allow that he does not match bosh’s productivity for the duration of lebrons next contract and, your future unemployment checks that he is NEVER as good as bosh is now .. he’s a one and done, undeveloped and unproven. odds are greater that he is another dorell wright than another bosh. fool

        bennet is a wasted pick. try to trade him see what you get. see wiggins in two years. lol

        who cares how you spell Marbury’s name? he was a franchise killer. just like irving. take that and shove it up ur “3rd grade grammer [sic] eductation”

        Note: it’s grammar not “grammer” u moe ron

        who cares how pop coaches? what matters is how blatt coaches and how LeBron plays. LeBron’s not suited to blat’s style and blat’s not used to coaching his. LeBron is an iso player. try to focus.

        and love is never going to the mistake by the lake. it sucks

        • GeorgiaRed

          “u know nothing”
          -I know how to spell “you” properly & how to capiatlize words when they need to be, unlike you there genius
          “wiggins is unproven”
          -A rookie unproven! You’re kidding me? Please give me more of your intelligent views
          “i’ll bet you now whatever ur minimum wage job will allow that he does not match bosh’s productivity for the duration of lebrons next contract and, your future unemployment checks that he is NEVER as good as bosh is now”
          -Oh, you really hurt my feelings, I guess I’ll have to cry to my masters degree and my six figure salary
          “bennet is a wasted pick. try to trade him see what you get. see wiggins in two years”
          -Maybe Bennett is a waste, but I’ll see how a 20 year old that couldn’t breath right plays more than a handfull of games before I’d label him that. As for Wiggins, there’s a reason why he was the most touted high school player since Lebron.
          “lol”
          -Are you an 11 year old girl?
          “who cares how you spell Marbury’s name? he was a franchise killer. just like irving. take that and shove it up ur “3rd grade grammer [sic] education”
          -Watch out everyone, we got an internet tough guy. Better take him serious now that he’s shown his true character by threatening people from behind a computer.
          “who cares how pop coaches?”
          -Maybe the moron that said it wouldn’t work…..that’s be you
          “what matters is how blatt coaches and how LeBron plays. LeBron’s not suited to blat’s style and blat’s not used to coaching his. LeBron is an iso player. try to focus”
          -I’ll focus on this, Mike Krzyzewski’s 3-2 offense has traits of Euro style basketball. You know, the same offense Lebron was in while winning two gold medals
          If you want to actually discuss basketball, by all means do, but this tough guy crap you keep spouting is beneath this board. You’re not impressing anyone with it so please grow up.

      • Reggie Flenory

        Dead on bro he obviously hasnt seen wiggins play 17 and 5 as a tru freshman and broke the kansas freshman scorimg record at ku

        • fidel305

          yeah the latest in a long line of Kansas “stars who turned out to be NBA busts, manning, chalmers, collision, hinrich
          last good thing out of there was paul pierce. and he was from Compton, not Canada.

          • Reggie Flenory

            Name the last great “star” the 305 put out oh my bad yaw to busy down there raping teenage girls at the U

          • fidel305

            try again. In English this time

          • Jeff Glenellen

            Says the guy calling out spelling errors yet calling everyone who doesn’t agree with him “moe rons”, ah the irony

          • fidel305

            ah, the moe ron, who can’t manage a substantive comment of his own and has to stoop to defending other moe rons who whine about non-existent “grammer” errors when they can’t even spell grammar.
            good luck with that you brainless, ball-less troll

  • darncat

    Its just not necessary. No one will be willing to give up that kind of value for a guy who wont extend.

    Here’s the REAL trade:

    Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett, Serge Karasev, and three 1st round picks in the 2015 draft
    for
    Kevin Love

    its by far the best deal the T’Wolves will get. Its probably too good.

    Cavs 2014-2015 Starting Line-up:
    PG: Kyrie
    SG: Wiggins
    SF: LBJ
    PF: Love
    C: the wild thing

    best starting 5 in all the NBA

    • Reggie Flenory

      The cavs would not have to give up that much for love id say maybe half that

      • Jeff Glenellen

        They just traded Karasev

    • Jeff Glenellen

      They traded Karasev

    • fidel305

      how’s that gonna work with Love in boston and LBJ playing with Melo for the HEAT?

      • GeorgiaRed

        But you said Love only wants to play on the west coast. Even you know your comments are wrong.

  • Rambow13

    Love said he would resign if LeBron signs with the Cavs. That makes him worth Waiters and Wiggins, and it makes sense on both sides. Cavs make LeBron happy, and the Wolves get younger.

    IF any Cav’s fans honestly think they could get Love without trading Wiggins, they are delusional.

  • Reggie Flenory

    The cavs would not risk the future for kevin love wiggins, lebron, and wiggins would sale to many tickets

  • Kyle Huffstetler

    Wiggins is currently an awful defender and his body is not close to being NBA ready. If they sign Lebron, Wiggins is definitely being traded for Love or someone similar that is available

    • fidel305

      agree on wiggins. his upside is bosh in five years. his downside is being out of the NBA in 3
      love has already said there is no way he is signing with cleveland

      • Jeff Glenellen

        And he also said if Lebron is there he would reup 100%, FACT

        • fidel305

          Cavs cant pay him. he will command a max deal next year. welcome to the cap. lol

          • GeorgiaRed

            Cavs have $19 million dollars coming off the books next year, plus the cap is going up. Welcome to another one of your ignorant comments.

          • Jeff Glenellen

            Exactly

    • Reggie Flenory

      What stats do you have to prove wiggins is an aweful defender because last time i check he was the best on ball defender in the draft other wise your just trolling

      • Kyle Huffstetler

        Some of his defensive deficiencies were masked in college because of his massive height and length advantage, which he won’t have in the NBA. He has potential as a defender but he is way to small to effectively cover a 3 and his shot and ability to create off the dribble is too terrible for him to ever be an effective 2. I don’t think he is ever going to develop his ball handling skills to the level necessary to become an elite player and I think he has complete bust written all over him……another awful pick by the cavs unless they can ship him out ASAP

        • Reggie Flenory

          Massive height?????? I respectfully dis agree he is 6’8 200 lbs playing the 3 in college which is the average height of most college 3′s 6’6 to about 6’8 depending on a big or small line up the cavs are offically listing him as a 2 guard i think you are beimg over critical of an 18 year old with odne good yr of college ball and i think the hype surrounding him is completely stupid and unfair to him in stead of asking the player what are his expectations for him self “media” makes comments and sets fourth their own expectations and fans take that to the bank hes good need to get better but then again doesnt everybody

          • GeorgiaRed

            Yeah Reggie, I agree. Wiggins was asked to guard the other teams best wing player every game and was praised for it. That had nothing to do with his height.
            I do agree with Kyle about his ball handling though & I’d be more concerned with it if we still had Brown as our coach, but with Blatt’s offense consisting of constant movement, I think the impact of this will be minimized. I’ve seen video of Wiggins with “mad handles” but he never seems to use it in games, so it might be a confidence/desire to take over problem than actual handling skills.
            People have been talking about Wiggins since he was like 13, so they expect him to be a finished product, when in actuality he’s a 19 year old kid still filling out his body. I’ve never heard anyone say he’s not a hard worker, so he’ll figure it out and should be on his way to multiple all-star games.

      • fidel305

        he’s long and quick so showed good defensive “potential” against ncaa players. BUT, he takes a lot of plays off on defense and he is not strong enough and has shown NO ability or willingness to fight over a screen

        • Reggie Flenory

          I completely and respectfully disagree I watched every game he played at Kansas except 3 I also watched all 3 All Star games he appeared in the Jordan Brand Classic McDonald’s All American game in the USA vs world I can tell you that his defensive abilities leads to immediate offense and transition buckets here is a good example of that

          Example when Kansas played in the championship classic in Chicago Jabari Parker went off in the first half for 19 points this is when Perry Ellis from Kansas was guarding him Perry is a power forward with small forward size however he lacks the lateral quickness which Parker took advantage of and tortured him in the 1st half Wiggins was in foul trouble for most of that half in the second half Wiggins demanded that Coach self let him guard Parker Parker only had eight points in the second half and eventually fouled out with only 8 points in that half 27 total wiggins scored 18 points that half totaling 22 points and seven rebounds

          he also put up 41 points against West Virginia 26 points against Florida and had a couple of 28 points 27 points against other big 12 opponents all of which were NCAA Tournament teams does he have some things to work on absolutely however I think it’s unfair when people are evaluating the freshman like you would an 8 yearAll Star these kids all have some things to work on no one is a finished product at 18 19 or even 20 years of age you have to give all of these kids time to grow mature into men and and develop their games we are being too critical of kid who are still trying to figure life out in general after watching 30 games of Wiggins here are his weaknesses for things that he is working to improve

          ball handling: he is a decent ball handling however sometimes he dribbles too high and can get ripped by equally good defenders one of the things in his work out bet they highlighted in the video was his lower center of gravity and exploding around defenders instead of trying to just out athlete everyone

          Shooting: he is a very decent shooter he has not however a tremendous shooter yet & I do stress yet because this is one part of his game that improved dramatically even with one year of college ball at Kansas is shooting at the end of the year was just about to Jabari Parker shooting percentage has the more pro reay game which I think he does of however Parker still needs to work on conditioning and lateral quickness but that’s another story

          I think it should be noted that again this kid and most of these freshmen have only played one year of competitive college ball however the positive with Andrew Wiggins is that he can immediately step in and I’land make significant contribution from day one we have to look at each of these players in a vacuum in and of themselves do they have some weaknesses yes but I would definitely say that his strength for out weigh his weakness the average 17 points 5 rebounds a game and broke the campus freshman scoring record by Ben McLemore a year ago you don’t average these numbers in a power basketball conference by accident or by just getting lay ups and put back

    • GeorgiaRed

      Must be why the Cavs have already said he’s NOT being traded & why there’s articles talking about how Wiggins defense is an immediate asset to the Cavs.
      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2117452-how-andrew-wiggins-immediately-improves-cleveland-cavs-defense

  • Warren Deguzman

    Starting 5, if the trade happens is awesome….the Bench will be eaten alive by the Spurs…j they need the full squad not just 5 good players…

  • Jeff Glenellen

    Fidel = Heat fan since 2010, Cavs fan before that lmao

    • fidel305

      life-long bulls fan. and, heat season ticket holder since 1993, who has hated the dumbed down ball the heat have had to play for the past four years because of lebron. do the math

  • Pundit Punter

    No, keep Lebron as the perfect basketball mentor for Wiggins.

  • Nick Dudukovich

    The Cavs have to at least see Wiggins play a summer league game, right? I wouldn’t move him. He doesn’t need the ball and he plays defense. Now pair him with the best offensive and defensive talent in the league in LeBron.

    As for Bennett, I’m not ready to give up on him yet, but if we can move him, without giving up Wiggins for Love, I’d do it yesterday.

    • fidel305

      The Cavs have to at least see Wiggins play a summer league game, right?
      Why? the geniuses here are already proclaiming him a perennial all-star and hall of famer

      • CRMKHN

        Dude stfu!! Stop commenting on everything when your opinion means nothing to anyone. Kyrie is a great pg there shouldn’t be any doubt but search “kyrie Irving is…” And there will be a blog discussing another useless opinion similar to your own!! Lebron is clutch and his stats show that! He is one of the greatest athletes not just in basketball but competitive sport. He is incredibly smart, seems to be doing great as a financial business man I’d say! There is a lot of speculation, a lot of excitement and a lot of doubt around every team in the league. Stop being such a pompous twat and respect the game and the wonderful controversy around it instead of hating on every player you can never compare to and let people voice an opinion without telling them your bias, ridiculous side of a story.

        • fidel305

          You and he can take ur menstrual cramps and excuses to Cleveland, and enjoy the perks of having his crew tell everyone what to do (like he did before there) just leave the.rings on he table on he way out cuz he’s never going to.see another ring without Riles. He doesn’t want to compete cuz it proves he’s a poseur, like u
          now go.pisss urself

        • fidel305

          lmao

  • fidel305

    it doesn’t matter. Love is due a max salary in one more year and the cavs cant come close to paying that with irving’s bloated salary and a max commitment to LeBron’s entourage

  • fidel305

    reports are that the wolves are in no hurry to trade Love and rightly believe GS BOS and others will up the ante once the Melo Bosh James dominos have fallen. Maybe in the preseason even.

    the problem for Cleveland however is that they need Love to try to convince James and they need James to convince Love and they have no way of forcing the Wolves to.do.anything much less on the time frame they need

    and, they have no way to pay love the max deal he will command after next year anyway

    so good luck with that

    • GeorgiaRed

      -Haywoods non-guaranteed $10 million contract
      -Varejao’s $9 million expiring contract
      -NBA salary cap will rise at least $5 million
      -Cavs will have $24 million in cap space. DAMN those facts get in the way of your stupidity again.