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LeBron James’ Homecoming Could Spell The End Of Andrew Wiggins And The Start Of Kevin Love In Cleveland

LeBron James’ Homecoming Could Spell The End Of Andrew Wiggins And The Start Of Kevin Love In Cleveland

Despite signing Andrew Wiggins on a $5.5million per year four-year contract as the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers don’t quite know what to do with the star rookie.

He’s been at the centre of a blockbuster trade rumour involving Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and it’s unclear if he’ll even make an appearance in a Cavs jersey given the strength of talk.

Privately, they have told Wiggins that he won’t be dealt. Head coach David Blatt even said during the NBA Summer League that there’s no reason for the former Kansas City Jayhawk to worry as he’s not going anywhere.

But it’s difficult to know which whispers to believe.

By Corey Cook – @Cook3Corey

Now that Wiggins is signed, the Cavs will have to get more pieces involved, or another team involved to make a trade for Love. And as of right now they are not even close to having enough cap room to acquire him. That’s without considering the big-money return of LeBron James.

Love’s contract is worth just over $15.7 million compared to Wiggins’ inferior deal and if you throw Anthony Bennet into any trade the Cavs would still need to clear up more cap space, as Bennett’s contract is worth just over $5.5 million.

But that doesn’t mean the deal isn’t do-able.

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The Cavs still have a ton of assets and players to trade, giving them more trade options. Last week they traded guard-forward Carrick Felix, a 2015 second round pick, and cash to the Utah Jazz for the non-guaranteed contracts of John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas, and Eric Murphy. All three of those players have a total cap of just under $3.5 million.

The Cavs could also throw in one of those players in a Love trade, trade them to another team, or simply wave their contracts. And if they managed to do any that would get them close enough to Love’s megabucks deal.

My view on any trade? I can see it happening because Dan Gilbert, and GM David Griffin, will end up doing what ever LeBron James wants. And if the King wants a Dwyane Wade style partner to blaze a trail through the NBA next season then Love is realistically as good as it’s going to get. If LeBrown says jump, the Cavs money men ask how high.

As for Wiggins’ future, the NBA’s next big star won’t find admirers too hard to come by.

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