Kevin Love is still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins is a still a Cav, but hasn’t signed his contract yet. It’s supposed to happen soon. So, what’s the hold up on the deal that’s dominated the headlines since LeBron James announced he was coming home?
The only news to break regarding the Love-Wiggins drama on Monday was that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski would trade Wiggins for Love without hesitation.
Coach K made the comments on CBS radio, via WFNY.
“I think there’s absolutely not one second of hesitancy…I’d trade for Kevin Love. That’s not saying anything about any of the other (players involved in the deal). Love’s an All-Star.”
If and when Wiggins signs his contract, he won’t be eligible to be traded for 30 days, however the Wolves and Cavs could still talk trade, and even agree to a deal in principle.
There’s conflicting reports about whether or not the Cavs would move Wiggins. Coach David Blatt is on the record saying the No. 1 overall pick won’t be dealt-which raises a good question?
Could Love be had without giving up Wiggins? Right now, the answer is probably no, but there’s always later.
The Timberwolves want Wiggins in any Kevin Love trade w/ Cavs unless 3rd team is included, according to a league source.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) July 21, 2014
Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico tackled the topic and believes it’s possible. The Cavs beat writer made this statement on All Bets Are Off, which airs on SportsTime Ohio.
“I think that the Cavs can still go get Kevin Love at some point without having to deal Andrew Wiggins. I don’t think they will deal Andrew Wiggins, but i think they are confident they can get this deal done. At some point, Minnesota is going to get desperate enough to where…they are going to want to trade Kevin Love because they know he’s not coming back, and the Cavs will still be able to give them a better offer than abydoby else.”
Amico raises a great point, when he says the Cavs can get Love at “some point.” The Timberwolves may want Wiggins now, but their tune may change later.
Cleveland’s front office could be playing chicken with Wolves President Flip Saunders. Flip gets to the call the shots now, but as the start of the season, and then trade deadline nears, the Wolves will be under the gun to get something in return.
Ideally, the Cavs would want Love for the entire year, but maybe waiting out Minnesota is a chance new general manager David Griffin is willing to take.