Saturday, July 19, 2014

Should the Cleveland Cavaliers Trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love?

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Disgruntled power forward Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves wants to be traded.  He is tired of losing and missing the playoffs.  The two main suitors for his services are the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Warriors may offer either three-point specialist Klay Thompson or sophomore forward Harrison Barnes in a package deal with former All-Star David Lee.  Meanwhile, the Wolves are demanding this year's top pick, shooting guard Andrew Wiggins, to be included any trade offer from the Cavaliers and next year's first round pick.
            The Cavaliers should take their time pondering over this trade.  What they don't realize is they have more power than the Wolves.  The Wolves know that they might get nothing if they let Love walk away after next season.  First, the Cavs should determine what Wiggins can do and how well he plays alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.  They can still discuss trading for Love near the trade deadline or pursue him in free agency.
            The Cavs can learn from the Miami Heat in 2004 when they were pursuing the Los Angeles Lakers's Shaquille O'Neal.  The Lakers initially wanted sophomore sensation Dwyane Wade in a trade for Shaq, but the Heat refused.  The Heat ended up keeping Wade and trading away Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, and Brian Grant for Shaq.  The Cavs prefer to trade Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett, and Anderson Varejao for Love.  If the Cavs remain patient, the Wolves might have to accept what the Cavs offer if they hope to get something of value from the loss of Love.

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