Alright. We signed him. Now is when the real fun starts.
Wiggins won’t be able to be traded for 30 days from today, putting the Kevin Love trade on hold for a month (unless they agree to terms in principle). This was the best move for the Cavs. In the past couple weeks, they have been linked to trading Wiggins and another young talent, along with draft picks, for Kevin Love. I have been adamant in saying I’m all for that, but at the same time, this puts the Cavs in a completely insured position.
Say for instance, they decide to agree to a trade for Kevin Love. In the past few days, the Cavs acquired non-guaranteed contracts which are great trade bait for a team like Minnesota, who would go straight into rebuild mode after Kevin Love is traded. It’s also great for the Cavs, too, because they won’t have to give up much more than Wiggins and Bennett along with one or two of their THREE first round draft picks next year. I’d imagine they keep theirs while dishing off Memphis’ and Miami’s. The reason behind that is Wiggins now counts against the cap at $5.5 million. Bennett is also there, and the combo of the non-guarantees will get the Cavs to Kevin Love’s number of $15 million and change. The Cavs give up two young, talented players who will be formidable in this league, no doubt. In return, though, they get a stretch 4 who can shoot the fuck out of the ball, rebounds like crazy, and has a mean post game. There’s little doubt that team would bring championships to Cleveland. It leaves little flexibility with the cap considering KLove and Lebron would restructure their extensions and be paid much more than max money today. The bench would be filled with veteran minimums and exceptions, but the starting 5 might be one of the best to ever step on the court. Kyrie at the point, Dion at the 2, Lebron, Kevin Love, and Andy rounding out the front court. Not bad.
The flip side to that scenario is if the Love deal falls through, and Minnesota balks at the aforementioned offer to try and get more. Love ends up in Chicago or Golden State, and the Cavs are left with keeping Wiggins and Bennett to have them learn under one of the best players in NBA history. It’s a given Lebron isn’t going anywhere. He can’t. It would be 10 million times worse for his image than “The Decision” and we all know how that made him feel (hint: bad). So, Lebron re-ups after the 2015 season to get his big bucks and long term deal with the Cavs, and Wiggins has a some under his belt. Let’s say Wiggins turns out to be just who we think he is: an explosive player with a lot of talent and the ability to someday become the face of a franchise. Kyrie would be 5 years into the league — a veteran. Lebron is Lebron. Bennett/Tristan could come into form and become good young chips at the power forward position. That brings us to center, and the Cavs having the ability to offer a big name big money. 2015’s Free Agency class features Marc Gasol, Tyson Chandler, Omer Asik, Amare Stoudemire, and LaMarcus Aldridge to name a few. All unrestricted pieces. I’d imagine they all won’t be around then, but it’d be in the Cavs best interest to look into these names. That 2015-16 season could be when the Cavs finally have a “dynasty quality” team. Think about it: Kyrie at point, Wiggins at the 2, Lebron, Bennett/Thompson, and any of the big man free agents I just mentioned.
Its a coin flip as to see which one would be a better lineup. Gun to my head, I’d take the second one because I know Lebron will be in his “prime” until his mid-30’s. The guy is a machine and one of the best to ever lace em’ up. It’ll be an interesting month to see what goes down, but I’d say it’s some pretty nice problems for Cleveland fans to have.