HoopsHype Andrew Wiggins rumors

July 22, 2014 Updates
July 21, 2014 Updates

In an interview with John Feinstein on CBS Sports radio, Duke and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski broke down what he would do in the Cleveland Cavaliers' position of trying to decide whether to trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love. The verdict? He'd trade for Love. Click here to listen to the audio. "There's absolutely not one second of hesitancy. I'd trade for Kevin Love," Coach K said. "That's not saying anything bad about any of the other youngsters. Love's an All-Star and he's a double-double guy. But he's a double-double guy who can spread the court. There aren't many double-double guys who can spread the floor; he can go inside and outside. There may be a low post player that gets you a double double, but Love, you can do a lot of different things with him." CBSSports.com

The Cavaliers insist rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins has not been offered in a possible trade for Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. No one involved would guarantee it wouldn’t happen at a later date, but for now the Cavaliers will proceed in Love negotiations without using the mercurial Wiggins as a trade chip, a source told The News-Herald. Another source told The News-Herald last week the Cavaliers would be willing to deal the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft in a trade for Love — and that might still happen. ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Broussard and USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt also reported the same thing. Morning Journal

According to a study by Roland Beech at 82Games.com, there's a 70 percent chance Wiggins becomes a "star," averaging 32.9 minutes, 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for his career. (It's also noted in the study, but career averages are obviously lower than those from any given player's prime.) SportsonEarth

Steve Nash: "Andrew (Wiggins) has shown a lot of interest and right now he not only has a lot of attention on him after a phenomenally trying last year, but his team is also really concerned about him and what he does and what he doesn't. But Andrew has shown interest and the Cavs have shown interest (in him playing for Canada). There's a chance he could be here this summer. I know he wants to be here but right now he has to fulfill his obligations to his (NBA) team." HoopsAddict.com

July 20, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract in the coming week, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that the Cavaliers' delay in signing the former Kansas star has nothing to do with the prospect of Wiggins being dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of Cleveland's ongoing trade discussions for Kevin Love. ESPN.com

The Cavs and Timberwolves have been discussing a Love trade since the return of LeBron James, with sources saying that Minnesota is insistent on getting Wiggins back in any deal that sends Love to Cleveland. Once Wiggins signs, though, league rules stipulate that the Cavs must wait 30 days before trading him. ESPN.com

Wiggins finally addressed the rumors on Friday night, shyly smiling as he tiptoed through the minefields. "I let my agent and my support system really handle that," he said. "I love playing the game of basketball, I know the NBA is a business. ... If it's someone important [asking me about the rumors], like your family or friends, you tell them what you know. If it's not, it goes through one ear and out the other. ... I just know what you know. I just see what you see on TV. That's about it." Sports Illustrated

July 19, 2014 Updates

There is no clear indication yet of the Cavs’ plans. It was only a week ago that James announced his return to the Cavaliers through his first-person essay as told Sports Illustrated. That very day was Wiggins’ debut at Summer League. Since then, Wiggins has been at the center of a constant trade rumors. “It’s been crazy, but it’s all positive stuff,” Wiggins said. “With LeBron coming back, there’s nothing negative about that; the best player in the world coming to your team. The organization is on the rise right now.” NBA.com

July 18, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a blockbuster trade centered around Kevin Love and the league's last two No. 1 draft picks, league sources told ESPN. In an attempt to add Love, a three-time All-Star, the Cavaliers are willing to part with Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the top picks in the past two drafts. One source said the Cavs are also willing to give up a first-round draft pick for next season. Any other players involved in the talks are not known. ESPN.com

Blatt and the Cavs have tried to ignore the outside noise and limit the questions about Wiggins' availability in a potential trade. But the inquiries will continue as long as Love is available. The first-year head coach had no choice but to address the speculation on Thursday night. "Rumors are rumors," Blatt said following the Cavs loss to the Rockets. "That's why they call them rumors. Sooner or later in one's career you're going to have to deal with it. If (Andrew) has to deal with it now then so be it. It's summer league. He's learning everything as he's going along." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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