The chatter for much of the day on Sunday was the rumor that the Cleveland Cavaliers were getting close to inking Andrew Wiggins to his rookie contract, which would preclude him from being part of any trade for thirty days. Obviously, that would put any potential deal for Kevin Love on hold.
Of course, the Cavs and the Wolves could come to a trade agreement in principal, and while it wouldn’t be announced until after the month-long waiting period, it would very likely be all but finalized by the two front offices. And the news would surely leak at some point in the next few weeks, so just because there would technically be a weeks-long wait, the rumor mill would not quit spinning.
Dan Barrerio has already been back on Twitter to re-encourage his followers that a Wiggins-Love trade is still fairly likely to take place.
Forget the noise. My opinion on Wiggins to MN remains: Wolves fans who like idea should be encouraged (and patient).
— Dan Barreiro (@DanBarreiroKFAN) July 21, 2014
Yep, it seems to be pretty close. It’s the ancillary pieces that Flip Saunders seems to be putting his foot down on, whether it be the inclusion of Anthony Bennett, Dion Waiters, or Tristan Thompson, or even two of the three. Draft picks? Surely Flip is asking for at least one, if not two of those.
I wouldn’t expect a deal to not get done because of the “extras”, but it seems to be delaying the process. And as discussed a few days ago here at DWW, Saunders does not have the lack of leverage that many would like to believe. Having a top-six player “stuck” on the roster for a season isn’t exactly a terrible worst-case scenario.
Now that news has leaked that LeBron James wants to play with Love and has made his feelings known, the Wolves know that the Cavs must please King James. So “leverage” seems to be a bit more of a moving target than some might admit.