The Cleveland Cavaliers and General Manager David Griffin officially announced on Thursday that they have signed 2014 draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Joe Harris to rookie contracts. Although the terms of the contracts cannot be released due to team and league policy, Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that the Cavs signed Wiggins to a deal starting at $5.5 million. Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio also pointed out the RealGM report that came out on Tuesday, saying that Harris would be signed to a three-year deal with the first two years being guaranteed.
Although rookie signings usually aren’t that big of a deal, this offseason has begged to differ. Because the Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Wiggins to his rookie contract, they can’t use him in a trade for 30 days. That means Wiggins can’t be used in any trades involving coveted Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. It was said that the Wiggins’ deal offered to the Timberwolves has been the best deal that the team has received thus far in teams pursuing Love.
Expect Love trade talks to cool down because of the Wiggins signing, as the Cleveland Cavaliers are likely not to land the All-Star PF without a deal involving Wiggins. The last deal involving the No. 1 draft pick included Anthony Bennett — the 2013 No. 1 draft pick — and multiple first rounders.
Something that people may be overlooking because of the impact of Wiggins signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in midst of their courtship of Kevin Love is the signing of Joe Harris. The former Virginia sharp shooter averaged 7.8 points in just over 24 minutes of play in four games during the Las Vegas Summer League. Although the major impact of this announcement is that Wiggins can’t be dealt for 30 days if the Cavs so wish, don’t underestimate what Harris might be able to do on the wing this upcoming season.