With LeBron James officially back in the fold in Cleveland, many are wondering what the next domino to fall will be. Big threes are all the rage in basketball these days, and with Kevin Love both available and “intrigued” by the Cavaliers, there’s a logical fit there. Add in that fact that LeBron did not mention No. 1 Andrew Wiggins in his “decision” letter, and it looked like the writing was on the wall: Wiggins was going to Minnesota for Love.
New Cavs’ head coach David Blatt threw a whole bunch of cold water on that, telling reporters that “There's no reason or cause for worry on his part because Andrew's not going anywhere, as far as I know and as far as the club has expressed.”
As tempting as making a deal for Love might be, holding on to Wiggins does make sense for the Cavaliers. With both LeBron and Kyrie Irving doing the bulk of the offensive work, the rookie will have a chance to ease his way into the NBA game, make mistakes, and not be burdened with the pressure of having to produce huge numbers right away. Wiggins’ defensive game is NBA-ready, and together with LeBron he could form one of the most formidable defensive duos in the league.
That is not to say, though, that the Cavs won’t still try to get Love. They reportedly offered Minnesota Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett, and a first round pick, and were swiftly rejected. While they’ll likely try to rope in a third team to make the deal happen, it seems for now that any trade will not include Wiggins.