Why the Cleveland Cavaliers don’t need to trade Wiggins to gain Love
It seems inevitable that once Andrew Wiggins is able to be traded that he will be included in a deal to Minnesota for Kevin Love. But does he really need to be?
Cleveland can present the best offer to Minnesota with or without Wiggins. The Timberwolves are reportedly saying they won’t trade Love to Cleveland without getting Wiggins in return, but the Cavaliers needs to stand firm in keeping Wiggins in Cleveland. Kevin Love will not be playing in Minnesota next season whether he gets traded or not. The only question is if Minnesota will get anything in return.
The Cavaliers can offer Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and three first round picks for Love. Sure, I’d rather have Love than any of those picks or players, but the Timberwolves should want to get something in return for Love. That proposal is currently the best of any know trade possibility for Minnesota. If they still won’t budge as the trade deadline approaches then the Cavaliers can include Anthony Bennett in the deal. While Bennett may not ever live up to the hype of being the number one overall pick, he’s looking more and more like he could still be a good player. He shed about 20 pounds in the off-season and had an impressive summer league showing. He could prove to be a pivotal piece in a Love to Cleveland deal.
The Warriors are another likely trade destination for Love after having possibly offered David Lee, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and a first-round pick. However, their reluctance to trade away Klay Thompson may bode well for Cleveland. Without Klay Thompson in the deal, the Cavaliers still have the best known trade offer for Love.
There are several other teams reportedly in on the discussions for Love, but none of them have as much to offer the Timberwolves as the Cavaliers. The Bulls offered Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. While that duo is probably better than Waiters and Thompson, the Bulls don’t have the picks to offer Minnesota that Cleveland does. Even the Knicks reportedly made an offer for Love, but don’t expect that to turn into a deal.
While Minnesota may demand Wiggins in return for Love, there is no need for Cleveland to include him. The longer Cleveland waits the more desperate Minnesota may become.
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