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It is literally just a matter of time before the Cavs can deal Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett for Kevin Love. Wiggins isn’t trade eligible until Aug. 23, and looked as if all the trade talk was starting to eat at him during an ESPN interview last week.
But while Wiggins’ body language said one thing, his old coach said another.
Bill Self, who coached Wiggins in his only season at Kansas, spoke to ESPN Sunday and said the No. 1 overall pick told him that he wanted to be traded.
“…(Wiggins) said, ‘Coach, I do. It’s better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I’m forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they’re going to be patient with me and I’m going to be a piece.'”
• Jeremy Bauman, at Sheridan Hoops examined, how Kevin Love will impact the Cavs this season. It’s an interesting read, looking at how the three-time All-Star will fit on the court with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Perhaps the most exciting bullet point from the column was Love’s ability to rebound-outlet-create plays. Imagine, the 6-10 power forward whipping the ball out of the air and firing it down court to James or Irving for the deuce.
“(Love) will ignite fast break after fast break for Kyrie Irving and LeBron James… And I mean fast break. As the Cavaliers become more and more acquainted with themselves, expect this team to be consistently scoring baskets within 3-to-5 seconds after corralling a defensive rebound.”
This YouTube video shows you Love’s ability to start the fast break. Just imagine Irving or James on the other end of these passes.
As Grantland’s Bill Simmons wrote, “Love throws those incredible once-in-a-generation outlet passes that have Wes Unseld’s DNA dripping from them.”
• The Cleveland Browns won’t play another preseason game for another week–but when kickoff comes, the NFL world will be watching, especially if Johnny Manziel starts opposite of Robert Griffin Monday Night Football.
Sunday’s news witnessed reports claiming Manziel had moved ahead of quarterback Brian Hoyer in the quarterback competition. If true, it’s a little surprising, considering both quarterbacks were decent–and not great, during Saturday’s loss to the Detroit Lions.
• How long are the Cleveland Indians going to tease their fans? The Tribe sweeps the Rangers, drops three of four to the Reds, but then comes back to win two of three against New York at Yankee stadium.
The Indians (59-59) are 5.0 games out of the second Wild Card spot, and would have to pass five other teams in the standings to qualify.
Remember, at the All-Star break, the Indians were projected to finish the season 82-80, while missing out on a chance to play in October.