Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) smiles as he is interviewed after being selected as the number one overall pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a win-win situation, and no one feels sorry for the men in wine and gold anymore.
While the drama in the Eastern Conference is something of a distant worry for the Houston Rockets, the landscape of contending teams is always worth mentioning.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been pursuing Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, who has been widely chased due to his announcement he would not re-sign with the T-Wolves. The Cavs, however, do not want to include 2014 No. 1 overall draft choice Andrew Wiggins.
The debate as to whether it would be worth it to give up Wiggins to obtain Love has been raging, but the truth is that the Cavaliers are in a win-win situation, regardless of which option the team chooses.
On one hand, Love is one of the most productive 4-men in the Association, capable of posting 25 points and 15 rebounds on a consistent and steady basis. His outlet passes will ignite LeBron James in transition. The Cavs will be fun to watch.
But, the Cavs want Wiggins to be a part of that athletic and rangy lineup, which will also feature the dynamic playmaker Kyrie Irving. Ideally, with the maturation of Wiggins, the Cavs would have obtained a Big Three of its own; and all three were original No. 1 picks of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
That kind of top-heavy, team-drafted dominance in sports is rare.
And yet, there is Love just dangling there. Up for the taking. The UCLA product is in the heart of his prime and would help LeBron form one of the toughest frontcourts in the NBA. Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao and 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett would round out the rotation. Not since the days of Hot Rod Williams, Larry Nance and Brad Daughtery have the Cavs boasted such a potentially devastating frontcourt. The shooting ability and offensive talent even supersedes that of those late 80’s Cavs teams.
Apr 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) shoots at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
And that is really what it boils down to, because it is essentially giving up a budding superstar for a current one. Whether Wiggins eventually becomes one of the premier names in the league would be irrelevant if Love helped LBJ and Kyrie bring a Larry O’Brien to Ohio. Even if Wiggins reached the level of a Kevin Durant or James, the Cavs would still have rings to show for the equation. The team is a contender without adding the services of Love, but with him the team would be unlikely to be bested by the other contenders in the East (Indiana, Miami and Chicago, most specifically).
LeBron returning to Cleveland is a great story, and at this point he is almost indisputably the best player in the game. Pairing James with nearly any top names could result in a title, and the Cavs won’t make a mistake by either keeping Wiggins or surrendering him to obtain Love. It’s a great place for a franchise to find itself in.