Since LeBron James decided to leave the Miami Heat in favor of a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the speculation about whether or not the Cavaliers would trade for Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love has continued to grow.
One report suggested the Cavaliers would be willing to include this year’s top-overall pick, swingman Andrew Wiggins, last year’s top-overall pick, forward Anthony Bennett and another first round pick. Of course, if that were true, a deal would have probably already been done.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors thinks James will eventually push the Cavaliers to trade for Love.
I think it doesn’t end for a while yet. They don’t seem anywhere close to a deal at this point, and it wouldn’t shock me if he’s still on the team at the deadline. But ultimately, I think LeBron’s push will motivate the Cavs to find some kind of workable deal, whether or not it includes Wiggins (and it likely will). That’s just my speculation, of course.
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. 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 last season. Bennett averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 35.6% from the field, 24.5% from beyond the arc and 63.8% from the free throw line. 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 .