HoopsHype Andrew Wiggins rumors

August 3, 2014 Updates

Top overall NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins told ESPN on Sunday that he just wants to play in a place where he's wanted when he was asked about the uncertainty over his future. Wiggins' name is at the center of trade talks that would send him to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a package that would net the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love in return. "I just want to play for a team that wants me. So whichever team wants me I'll play for," he told ESPN's "SportsCenter," from Tarrytown, New York, where he was taking part in a photo shoot for Panini trading cards. ESPN.com

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that a trade of Love is "likely" by Aug. 23 or Aug. 24. The first day Wiggins is eligible to be traded is Aug. 23. Wiggins said Sunday he isn't taking his name being mentioned in trade talks "personal." "At the end of the day you have to remember that the NBA is a business before anything. I'm a rookie. I really don't have too much say," he said. ESPN.com

In speaking to key members of Wiggins’ camp on Aug. 2, they adamantly maintain to CSNNW.com that the Cavaliers have not informed them a trade is forthcoming. This is even despite NBA’s online store recently discontinuing Wiggins’ jersey, Kevin Love withdrawing from World Cup play and Anthony Bennett being held out of pickup games. CSNNW.com

It doesn’t mean the trade isn’t a forgone conclusion come Aug. 23 when Wiggins is free to be moved, it merely reveals both teams have different approaches when it comes to putting out potential trades publicly. It could also mean, but not likely, a trade involving the Cavs isn’t as imminent as we’re led to believe. Though that belief is awfully diminutive and dismissed among league insiders. Cleveland has the most attractive and compelling package to offer Minnesota. It would be a shocking development if the two sides ended up not doing business together. CSNNW.com

Darren Wolfson: Same as Taylor on-the-record. Bet on a deal w/ Cavs. RT @leroyjj33 @DarrenWolfson Cleveland deal is done. What's your source(s) saying? Twitter @DarrenWolfson

Darren Wolfson: SAME AS ALWAYS: NO WIGGINS, NO LOVE. RT @moretinss @HEH4TEME @DarrenWolfson if Wiggins is not involved, why are they waiting? No reason. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

August 2, 2014 Updates

Andrew Wiggins’ jersey is discontinued at the NBA Store, as discovered by BC Cleveland last night. A search for “Andrew Wiggins” on the NBA’s official apparel site re-directs to the “draft gear” page. The only Wiggins item on there now is a t-shirt, but there are jerseys available for later picks Jabari Parker, Dante Exum, Doug McDermott, Marcus Smart, Julius Randle, and Nik Stauskas. (The screengrab above can be found if you get to this page through Google.) Surely, that’s all just a massive coincidence. The Big Lead

August 1, 2014 Updates
July 31, 2014 Updates

It appears the framework of the Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade is done. However, there are still some moving parts in the possible deal. The Cavaliers would prefer to hang onto rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins. That much is true. However, the Timberwolves probably won’t make the trade unless Wiggins is included. Timberwolves president/coach Flip Saunders might get booed out of the state of Minnesota if he traded three-time All-Star Kevin Love to the Cavaliers and didn’t bring back Wiggins. Morning Journal

The third team in the hunt for Love, the Cavaliers, are viewed as the favorite, but haven't engaged in talks with Minnesota for about two weeks, a league source said. That, of course, is partly because there hasn't been anything to talk about since No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins signed his rookie deal on July 24, starting the clock on a 30-day moratorium during which he can't be traded. CBSSports.com

July 30, 2014 Updates

After ESPN.com reported last week that the Cavaliers remain the front-runners to acquire Love in a trade co-headlined by No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, sources this week have described the Cavs as the only team currently in contention for Love. Sources say the Chicago Bulls are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of trumping Cleveland's offer, while the Golden State Warriors remain unwilling to bend on their longstanding refusal to surrender Klay Thompson in a deal for Love. ESPN.com

July 29, 2014 Updates
July 26, 2014 Updates

For now, Minnesota will not trade Love to the Cavs unless Wiggins is part of the package. I keep hearing that over and over from several places. I also hear that the Cavs love Wiggins, but also know the best chance for a title is in the next few years. Love is a far better bet to win now. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Love is guaranteed $15.7 million this season, with a player option for $16.7 million in 2015-16. I wrote a column insisting the Cavs should demand Love pick up his option before making a deal. Talking to some NBA executives, that could be a problem. One executive explained how the best move for Love may be to come to the Cavs on the current deal -- no changes. He becomes a free agent in 2015, then signs a five-year deal for the maximum (could be more than $100 million) to stay here. Cleveland Plain Dealer

If Love picks up his option for 2015-16 this summer, the most that a team can immediately add is a two-year extension. I know, this gets complicated. The point is there are a variety of reasons for Love to keep his current deal, and then hit the open market in 2015. I'm hearing Love will not pick up his option -- that he would prefer to go to the Cavs on his current deal, then presumably enjoy being successful playing with LeBron James. Remember, he also has done a commercial with Kyrie Irving. He sees marketing possibilities in Cleveland -- along with a chance to win big. Cleveland Plain Dealer

July 25, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers cannot officially trade Andrew Wiggins before Aug. 23, but they remain the front-runner in the trade sweepstakes for the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, at present, are higher on a Cleveland trade package centered around Wiggins than any other offer on the table for Love. ESPN.com

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