Flip should hang up the phone if Wiggins not involved in Cavs trade
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The news the LeBron James is returning to Cleveland has left many wondering what is next.
James, in his essay in Sports Illustrated, mentioned being a mentor to some of Cleveland's younger players and conspicuously did not name recent No. 1 draft choice Andrew Wiggins.
This could be nothing, of course, because in every other paragraph of the essay written by SI's Lee Jenkins, the prose favored brevity before great depth. Less is more, in other words.
Still, that will not stop the speculation wheel from churning, and we're all fascinated by which domino is the next to fall.
It's entirely possible that domino could be a trade involving disgruntled superstar Kevin Love to the Cavs for a package surrounding Wiggins.
It appears, however, that the Cavs trying to trade for Kevin Love without giving up Wiggins.
Hours after LeBron James announced he had decided to return to Cleveland, the Cavaliers expressed their desire to pair him with Love by offering the Wolves guard Dion Waiters, forward Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick. Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported on the offer.
It's no secret that Love wants out of Minnesota and Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders has heard numerous offers this offseason.
ESPN.com reported that Love is "intrigued" by the idea of being paired with James in Cleveland. Love has the ability to opt-out of his current contract after this coming season.
As for whether Saunders would consider accepting an offer that didn't include Wiggins, Wolves beat writer Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press tweeted that Saunders almost certainly would decline. It's a non-starter.
An offer from the Cavs to the Wolves that doesn't include Wiggins is simply not an offer. Can't put it any more clearly than that.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 11, 2014
For those who said Flip had to trade Love before the draft, this was what he was envisioning: A new bidding war after LeBron domino fell— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 11, 2014
Other teams likely still will be part of the equation, but that one that intrigues us the most this morning is anything centered around Wiggins and future draft picks. If you ran the Wolves, what would it take for you to trade Love before the season began?