Many Cleveland Cavaliers fans would do anything for (Kevin) Love but according to Sam Amico the Cavs won’t do that (include Andrew Wiggins). No they won’t do that?
Sorry for the terrible Meatloaf/Love song puns, but get ready for a ton of love song puns if/when the Cavs trade for the sweet shooting power forward.
Could it be true that the Cavs have not made Wiggins available yet by all reports still sit atop the leader board for Love? If true it is likely this whole dance will play out over a longer period of time, but does make sense of some of the things the Cavs have been doing.
If they really intended to trade Wiggins signing him right away would of been the smart play. As of today, when he officially signed, he can’t be traded for 30 days. By not signing him the Cavs seemed to be looking for ways to add more players, either for the team or to trade. The Cavs chose to move forward signing Wiggins today means they are ready to move forward one way or the other.
The Cavs offer without Wiggins likely includes Dion Waiters, an underrated player who made the USA Select Team, Anthony Bennett, a player most liked in the Top 6 in last year’s draft, and at least 2 or 3 first round picks. Compared to some other deals being rumored the Cavs offer provides the T’Wolves with picks that could be mid first round (Heat and Grizzlies) as well as two players with high upsides.
While none have the proven track record of Klay Thompson, none of those players are seeking max deals next year. The Warriors also don’t have many picks to include. The players offered by the Bulls also are either limited (Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler), too old to be considered building blocks (Gibson) or unproven. The Bulls also only have the weirdly protected Sacramento Kings pick (from the Cavs) to spice up their offer.
Is it unrealistic for the Cavs to get Love without Wiggins? Possibly. This writer, however, has gone on record (on Twitter) believing it to be quite possible. A 4 some of Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, LeBron James and Kevin Love would make for a formidable team for the next 5 to 10 years.
Is Amico wrong? What do you think of the timing of the Wiggins signing?