The Cleveland Cavaliers Can't Trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love
The Cavs Must Keep Andrew Wiggins At All Costs
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After getting LeBron James through free agency, the Cleveland Cavaliers are trying their best to form their own version of the Big Three by adding Kevin Love. It’s a plan that’s been the works for a couple of weeks now, but the Cavs and Minnesota Timberwolves seem to be torn between this year’s number one overall pick, Andrew Wiggins. The Timberwolves demand Wiggins be in the deal, while the Cavaliers are hesitant to make such a quick move after just drafting the kid.
Simply put: The Cavaliers would be fools to give up Wiggins for Love. Sure, adding Love would be great for Cleveland, but a potential trade can’t include the 19-year-old.
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One, Wiggins is a potential superstar player who has time to mature his game behind a respectable Dion Waiters. However, if Wiggins is able to contribute at a high level the way he’s been tearing up the summer league, he could earn himself even more minutes than your typical backup. The last thing Cleveland fans want is another one of their elite players leave and play the prime of his career for another team.
The main reason, however, the Cavs can’t trade Wiggins comes down to dollars and cents. Although Wiggins is a household name already, he’s still signing a rookie contract, which means he’s coming mighty cheap for the next few years. Love? Once he becomes a free agent next year, you better believe he’s going to want his big slice of the pie and will demand close to max money.
Didn’t LeBron learn anything playing with the Heat?
While the Big Three idea is great, it puts a ton of pressure on those core players and makes it mighty difficult to build a team around. With three guys getting much of the money, it forces management to sign older veterans just to fill a roster, and those old guys eventually breakdown. Watch the Heat-Spurs finals if you need further proof. Young players aren’t taking pay cuts to play with anybody. The Cavs would look a lot like the Heat, which we saw is a gift and a curse.
Love also isn’t a terrific rim protector or interior defender, which are two of the Cavs main weaknesses. Anderson Varejao is older and becoming injury prone, while Brendan Haywood, well, is Brendan Haywood. Love wouldn’t improve that department much considering he’s a stretch power forward, often spreading the floor and playing more of a finesse game. Just because Love averages a ton of rebounds doesn’t mean he’s a Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph-type player. Love is a better and younger version of a Chris Bosh.
Adding Love to the Cavs sounds great in theory and is cool with much of the fan base because everybody always wants to make the big splash that makes headlines. However, it doesn’t seem to be the right basketball move or business decision.
I say save the money for a pair of solid guys to build around an already young, promising team. But if the Cavaliers must have Love, wait until he becomes a free agent at the end of the year and then sign him.
Whatever the Cavs do, they just can’t trade Wiggins this early in his career.