Once the Cleveland Cavaliers signed LeBron James, the speculation surrounding a potential deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love has grown. The Cavaliers and offer swingman Andrew Wiggins, the top-overall pick in this year’s draft and forward Anthony Bennett, the top-overall pick in last year’s draft. The Timberwolves have to trade Love before the trade deadline to ensure they don’t lose him for nothing and it’s hard to see them landing a more talented player than Wiggins.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders would pull the trigger on a Love deal if it involved Wiggins.
I would trade Love to the Cavaliers before the end of the summer. I would get this out of the way before the season starts rather than letting this drama continue for several more months, and I would take the Cleveland package because I’m a big fan of Wiggins and I believe Bennett still has a lot of potential as well. I know Minnesota wants to end their playoff drought, which is why they reportedly like some of these offers that feature veterans, but I wouldn’t pass on the opportunity to land a potential star like Wiggins just to be the eighth seed in the West and get swept in the first round. Adding Wiggins and Bennett is the best move for the long haul.
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.