Until LeBron James arrived in Cleveland, the teams there gave fans little to root for. Yet, once the King stepped on the court, the Cavs were instantly a playoff team. Then LeBron left for Miami, and the hearts of the Cavs’ faithful broke throughout Cleveland.
All who felt betrayed by LeBron finally have something to smile about, even if it’s a longshot. Since free agency began, word on where James will sign has been the question on everyone’s mind. Uncertainty in Miami opened the doors for the Cavs to emerge as a potential suitor for their once beloved hero.
However, LeBron may not be the only force on the floor for Cleveland next year. Rumors have spread that Cleveland is figuring out how to bring Kevin Love into town. Love will be the final year of his contract with Minnesota next season, and the Timberwolves realize he probably will not re-sign. Minnesota is looking to trade Love before he leaves a huge dent in the Timberwolves roster.
But finding the players to trade for arguably the most dominant power forward in the NBA right now will be tough. If the Cavs were to trade for Love, Wiggins would most likely be one of the first players to go. Although, Wiggins is a very promising, young talent, Cleveland would not pass up pairing superstars James and Love with point guard Kyrie Irving on the floor.
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However, Wiggins simply would not be enough. Jarrett Jack and Anthony Bennett are both eating up salary for the Cavs, so they may also be on the trading block. With Kyrie Irving signing a new contract this offseason, Jack becomes expendable. Jack scored 9.5 points a game and dished out 4.1 assists per game while playing backup to Irving. He would make an excellent point guard off the bench for any team.
On the other hand, Anthony Bennett, the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, did very little last year to give himself value. Bennett finished with scoring 4.2 points and grabbing 3.0 rebounds per game. However, Cleveland would push to trade Bennett on the notion that with more experience, he will develop into a future star having played only one year in the NBA.
Regardless, Cleveland might not have enough firepower to offer the Timberwolves for Kevin Love. Beyond that, James hasn’t signed anywhere yet so who knows where he will end up. Cleveland residents are simply hoping for a miracle.