Sixteen days before being eligible to be traded, number one pick Andrew Wiggins is heading to Minnesota. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Timberwolves have agreed in principle to send Kevin Love to Cleveland in return for Wiggins, last year’s number one pick Anthony Bennett, and a protected 2015 first round pick, Yahoo! Sports is reporting. It’s believed that Kevin Love will opt out and resign for five years and over $120 million. It will be just the second time in history that a number one overall pick will be shipped out of town before even playing a game with the team that drafted him.
At season’s end it will be hard to determine whether Cavaliers general manager, David Griffin, or LeBron James takes home the Executive of the Year award. Within a month, Cleveland went from bottom feeders to Eastern Conference favorites by adding the best player in the league and now another top-10 player in Kevin Love. Kevin will be the first player since Shaquille O’Neal to be traded a season after averaging over 25 points and 10 rebounds. All in all, four players have been traded after putting up those statistics, and all four went on to win a title with their new team.
Love is arguably the most versatile big man in the game today. He pulled in more rebounds than Dwight Howard, scored more than James Harden, and made more three pointers than renowned three point specialist Kyle Korver. The one downfall everyone points out regarding Love is his poor defense. By getting rid of Wiggins, an already NBA ready defender, the Cavaliers got even weaker on the defensive side. They still need a better rim protector inside and are reportedly talking to defensive specialist Shawn Marion. Marion will fill in the Wiggins void on defense, but he’s no anchor in the paint and that will be Cleveland’s achilles heel all season if nothing’s done. Ray Allen’s name also continues to come up, though he himself continues to be the Brett Favre of the basketball world. Even so, Ray Allen couldn’t defend the junior varsity players at your local high school at this point in his career.
If you feel no sympathy for Andrew Wiggins, at this point, you might as well sign a lease for a nice fiery apartment in hell. The poor 19 year old has been in enough headlines to last a career and he hasn’t even suited up for a regular or pre-season game yet. Just a couple days ago, Wiggins appeared on Sportscenter for one of the most awkwardly painful interviews I’ve personally ever viewed. You could see the lost look in his eyes, like a confused deer, staring at a truck barreling towards him. As a Wiggins sympathizer, I wish him nothing but the best in Minnesota.
There’s a new big three in the NBA and it’s looking like it may shape up to be the best one yet. The Kyrie, LeBron, Love trio are sure to be at the peak of basketball for years to come.