With recent news coming from Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor that All-Star power forward Kevin Love would be traded near the end of August — specifically around the 23rd or the 24th — a Love-to-Cavs deal has once again became almost a lock for Cleveland. Although reports that Minnesota turned down the Cleveland Cavaliers offer of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first rounder in hopes of landing another first-round draft pick, that trade is very much so still on the table. With no other teams offering a package more impressive than the Cavs to date, it looks like the Cavs have what it takes to land Love.
On July 24, the Cavaliers signed Andrew Wiggins to a rookie contract, meaning that the former Kansas phenom couldn’t be involved in any dealings for the following 30 days. In 30 days from that date it will be August 23. Coincidence? Probably not, especially after this week the No. 21 Andrew Wiggins jersey was taken down from the NBA online catalog. If the Cavaliers end up dealing for Love, it will almost certainly be in a trade that involves Wiggins.
So what does Andrew Wiggins think about all of this? During a trading card shoot in New York this is what the No. 1 overall pick from this year’s draft had to say to ESPN:
I just want to play for a team that wants me. So whichever team wants me I’ll play for.
Fair enough, right? Wiggins also went on to say that he understands the business side of the NBA and that he doesn’t really have any control over the situation because of his rookie status. Again, the August 23 date that the Minnesota owner mentioned would be the first day that Wiggins would be available to trade following the signing of his rookie contract in late July. Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein of ESPN have reported that it’s not a matter of “if” Kevin Love will be traded to the Cavaliers, it’s a matter of “when.”