ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, of LeBron James (The Decision – Part One) fame, reported on the radio on Monday that the Wolves and Cavs have a handshake deal in place.
The deal is similar to the framework that has been bandied about for the past couple of weeks, but has been tweaked a bit. The current iteration would send Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota and Kevin Love to Cleveland. Additionally, Thaddeus Young would likely go from Philadelphia to Minnesota, and the Sixers would receive draft picks and potentially Andrew Bennett from the Cavaliers.
As long as the Wolves aren’t having to give up multiple draft picks, they would have to be pleased with a return of Wiggins and Young. It immediately makes the starting lineup respectable, plugging a legitimate starting-caliber NBA player into the four-spot that will be vacated by Love.
It’s starting to look as though Kevin Martin will remain with the Wolves for the time being, and a starting lineup of Ricky Rubio, Martin, Chase Budinger or Corey Brewer, Young, and Nikola Pekovic is not exactly a tanking-friendly starting five.
We’ll have plenty of time to dive into potential win totals and the exact roster construction, but now is still not quite that time. J.J. Barea will certainly be moved, whether in the Love trade or a concurrent deal, and Alexey Shved will likely be jettisoned as well. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is another player that Flip Saunders is supposedly open to moving off of the roster.
As always, we must caution that the deal is not officially done, nor can it be for another three weeks or so. As expected, we’re starting to see some allegedly closer-to-accurate frameworks reported, but anything could still take place.
Keep an eye out for any other rumored moves that could take place in the wake of the main event.