It seems LeBron James will get everything he wished for this off-season.
Rumor has it that the front offices of both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves are working to strike a deal that would see them swap this year's No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins for All-Star forward Kevin Love.
Love is coming on the back of a career season for the Timberwolves and has further cemented his position as the best power forward in the game. It's because of this that there are plenty of takers for him. However, it's in the best interest of the Cavs as well as the Timberwolves to strike a deal with each other, and we know just the reasons why.
Minnesota Gets Wiggins' Massive Upside
The Golden State Warriors have offered Minnesota Harrison Barnes as well as David Lee for Kevin Love, but without any disrespect to that duo, they're nowhere near the potential Wiggins could reach.
Cleveland Gets Love's Long-Term Commitment
If Kevin Love gets traded to any other team, there is a chance that he may not commit his future to them and leave after a season. But the murmurs coming from his camp suggest that he would be willing to stay in a smaller market that Cleveland is beyond the one year left on his existing deal because of LeBron James' presence.
The Extras Will Boost The Timberwolves' Rebuilding Process
The massive disparity in the contracts as well CURRENT ability of the two stars involved means that the Cavs would have to throw in some makeshift players as well. Anthony Bennett and Anderson Varejao are the two names being thrown around a lot. If that turns out to be true, the Timberwolves' rebuilding process would receive a massive boost, as despite Bennett's obvious shortcomings he still is a top lottery pick. A fresh start in Minnesota could kickstart his career.
LeBron Isn't Getting Any Younger
As talented as Andrew Wiggins is, he is not NBA ready yet and will need time to fulfill his potential. LeBron has around four years left in him before time catches up to him. Mind you, the King's game is based on his explosive athleticism, which will suffer as he crosses the 20-mark. He needs to win now, which means Love, and not Wiggins, is the right match for them.
Minnesota Replaces One Great Rebounder With a Good One
Any team would suffer if it loses a perennial All-Star whose career rebounding average stands at a staggering 12.2. If the latest reports are to be believed and the Cavs are open to including Anderson Varejao in any trade, the Timberwolves' efficiency on the boards won't suffer too much. That's because Varejao is also an accomplished front court hustler who seized 14.4 rebounds per game in the season before last.