In what is generally a formality, Andrew Wiggins, the #1 overall pick from this June’s NBA draft, has signed his rookie contract with Cleveland.
Most first round picks have inked their guaranteed, rookie-scale deals with their respective organizations. There could be any number of ticky-tack reasons for contracts not being finalized, and it’s fairly unprecedented for non-overseas first round picks to simply not sign with the team that drafts them (or trades for them on draft night).
As has been widely discussed, teams are not allowed to officially trade away a draft pick within thirty days of said pick signing his rookie deal with the drafting team. Of course, trades could certainly be completed “in principle”, and while it isn’t clean and things could potentially derail a deal like that, the lack of official paperwork should not keep Flip Saunders and the Cavs’ brass from chatting.
While a few local reporters from the Minneapolis and Cleveland areas have reported that Wiggins is still not technically on the table in trade discussions for Kevin Love, a host of national reporters, such as Chris Sheridan and Adrian Wojnarowki have insisted that he has been offered to the Timberwolves.
Grantland.com’s Bill Simmons even mentioned on his podcast that he believes that a Love-for-Wiggins swap was worked out before the LeBron James signing was made official. Occasionally Simmons has some actual insight and spouts some sourced thinking out there, but this could also just be The Sports Guy spouting his own thoughts, just because.
All in all, nothing happened on Thursday on the Love front. And nothing is likely to happen Friday.
It’s unclear if this process will actually be dragged through the mud for another four-plus weeks, or if more details and maybe even potential “in principle” deal could be leaked through the media. The national guys have been strangely quiet for the past 36-48 hours or so, other than to reiterate that Wiggins officially signing his contract doesn’t really mean too much.
So here we stand, more or less in the same place we did on Monday morning. Check back with DWW for any news that breaks, on a potential Love trade or otherwise.