If the Golden State Warriors were willing to part ways with guard Klay Thompson, Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love would likely have already been dealt to the Warriors and the rumors surrounding him would have died down, at least for now.
However, the Warriors have refused to deal Thompson and now it looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers are the team to beat to acquire Love. After signing the game’s best player, LeBron James, away from the Miami Heat, speculation grew that the Cavaliers could trade the top-overall of last month’s draft, former Kansas Jayhawks’ swingman Andrew Wiggins.
The Cavaliers have tried to work out deals potentially including big man Tristan Thompson, guard Dion Waiters and the number-one overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, forward Anthony Bennett. However, the Timberwolves have been holding out for Wiggins and the Cavaliers are reportedly ready to include Wiggins in the trade.
According to Bob Finnan of The News-Herald & The Morning Journal, the reason for the Cavaliers’ change of heart is because James wants to play with Love.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe last season. In his storied career. Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe. Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game for the Jayhawks last season while shooting 44.8% from the field, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 77.5% from the free throw line. Wiggins was ranked as the top prospect in the draft by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express .