The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally decided to include Andrew Wiggins as part of a package deal to entice the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade All Star Kevin Love according to league sources on July 18.
ESPN has reported that the Cavaliers have also agreed to part ways with 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett as well as of their first round selections next season and possibly another player or two to obtain the much coveted three time All-Star power forward.
Cleveland and Minnesota have been exchanging dialogue about Love possibly going to the Cavaliers but the team had been steadfast against trading the 19-year old Wiggins. Now that appears to have change and according to Yahoo! Sports LeBron James has reached out to Love.
"That's why they call them rumors," Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said after a 96-90 loss to Houston that ended Cleveland's stint at the Las Vegas Summer League on July 17. "Sooner or later, in one's career, you're going have to deal with it. So if he has to deal with it now, then so be it. It's the summer league. He's learning everything as he goes along."
Wiggins, who tallied 21 points on just 3-of-5 shooting against the Rockets in his final summer league game, produced a mix bag in his four games. He had some highlight reel moves and showed that he can score a variety of ways but didn’t do much else. Wiggins also struggled shooting from long distance – 2-of-11 -- but went to the line a lot – 26-of-37 --.
In his four Summer League games, Wiggins averaged 15.5 games with the 21 points against the Rockets being his highest output. He shot 40.5 percent from the floor, 15.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.3 percent from the charity stripe.
Bennett, a 6-foot-8 small forward, struggled immensely last year. He averaged 4.2 points a game on 35.6 percent shooting from the floor and 24.5 percent from beyond the arc. However, he had a decent Summer League campaign.
Bennett averaged 13.3 points a game and 7.8 rebounds in four games in Las Vegas. He shot 42.6 percent from the field but only 25.0 percent from the three-point line and 60.0 percent from the charity stripe. He also committed 3.0 turnovers per game and had foul issues – committing eight fouls versus Milwaukee on July 11 and five fouls in 25 minutes against Houston.
Cleveland has three first round draft picks next year. The Cavs own their own pick, Miami’s selection (top 10 protected) and Memphis’ pick (top five protected; and protected 15-30).
Cleveland may have to add one or two more players and the most likely candidates are Anderson Varejao, whose contract is expiring, and Dion Waiters. If both Varejao and Waiters are included Minnesota would probably have to throw-in Kevin Martin.
Minnesota also is engaged with the Golden State Warriors but the Warriors have been unwilling to include Klay Thompson. The Warriors are currently dangling David Lee and Harrison Barnes as trade bait.