The Minnesota Timberwolves’ efforts to deal Kevin Love this summer has seen countless twists and turns.
While any action has yet to be taken with the double-double machine, one recent signing by the Cleveland Cavaliers could be a small dose of good news for the team with the longest current playoff drought.
Andrew Wiggins, the #1 overall pick from this June’s NBA draft, signed his rookie contract with the squad last week. This means that 30 days must pass before the Canadian teenager can be traded.
Cleveland is seemingly the leading candidate to land the talents of number 42 in a trade, but a move to get Love would almost certainly require giving up Wiggins. The next few weeks give Owner Glen Taylor and company the chance to find a different suitor and get a better return for Love, a three-time All-Star who averaged a career-high 26.1 points per game last season.
Why should the Wolves avoid a deal with the Cavaliers? The answer is simple – Cleveland does not have enough NBA-proven players on their current roster to warrant a trade. In order to trade Love this summer, Timberwolves executives should wait until they can strike a deal to get at least one proven NBA talent in return.
My advice to the T-Wolves organization is to be greedy. This is not to say that the team should wait until next season’s trade deadline to move Love; that would be foolish and possibly be too late. They do still have time, however, and should take the next few weeks to look at teams like the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls for a possible trade.
Cleveland, while undoubtedly young and talented, only have a few proven NBA veterans on their team this side of LeBron James, who obviously isn’t going anywhere (at least until Decision 3.0.) We don’t know if Wiggins is going to pan out and reach his mountain-high potential until he has put in at least a season or two playing with professional basketball players. Love, while only 25 years old, has already proven to be arguably the best power forward in the game and maybe a top-five player in the entire league.
In Chicago, Taj Gibson is an attractive trade chip and could possibly be ready to make the jump to being a full-time starter in the league. Jimmy Butler is young, but is coming off a breakout season and has a favorable contract to work with down the road.
The Warriors rumors have died down in recent weeks, but I loved the idea of the possible David Lee and Klay Thompson deal from not too long ago, although Thompson allegedly has not been added to the Warriors’ offer as of yet.
If the season starts and there are no other desirable trade offers are on the table, then yes, re-visit the option of obtaining Wiggins for Love in some sort of package. But for now, let’s give it a couple more weeks and see what else the Wolves can get for Love.