Once LeBron James decided to leave the Miami Heat in favor of a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, speculation surrounding a potential deal that would send the last two number one overall picks, forward Anthony Bennett and swingman Andrew Wiggins, and at least one more asset, likely a future first round pick, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for power forward Kevin Love has continued to grow.
There are some who believe it would be in the best interest of the Cavaliers to hold onto Wiggins and let him develop, but if James wants the Cavaliers to deal for Love, it’s a move they will likely have to make. Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes the Cavaliers will have hard time saying “no” to James.
I truly think Wiggins has the potential (especially if playing behind and alongside LeBron) to be a highly effective player in this league. His offense will continue to develop as he remains dedicated to it, but I think he has the ability to be an immediate impact player on the defensive end and in transition. Playing ‘devil’s advocate’ here, but I still don’t know that Cleveland is in the position to tell LeBron “no” with something of this nature. I’d imagine it was something they discussed prior to him signing. Also, Love would almost undoubtedly re-sign with LeBron in Cleveland..so that risk isn’t really there.
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.