Since LeBron James left the Miami Heat in favor of a return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the rumors around the Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love have grown.
The Cavaliers reportedly could trade the last two number one picks, forward Anthony Bennett (2013) and swingman Andrew Wiggins (2014), among other assets, for Love and another contract the Timberwolves want to dump, likely either guard Kevin Martin or point guard J.J. Barea. The Cavaliers, of course, would like to find a way to keep Wiggins and acquire Love, but that doesn’t seem possible.
According to Terry Pluto of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Timberwolves will not relent on their demand for Wiggins.
For now, Minnesota will not trade Love to the Cavs unless Wiggins is part of the package. I keep hearing that over and over from several places. I also hear that the Cavs love Wiggins, but also know the best chance for a title is in the next few years. Love is a far better bet to win now.
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. 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.
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