If the Cleveland Cavaliers really want Kevin Love, all they have to do is to be willing to relinquish another talented player to the Minnesota Timberwolves. In comes Dion Waiters, who could be the untouched solution to the equation.
Waiters averaged 15.9 points to go along with 3.0 assists a game last season. He shot 36.8% from three-point land, 46.3% from the field and a below average 68.5% from the charity stripe. He is not an efficient player but at just 22 years old, Waiters is a very talented scorer. Waiters just needs to polish his game a little and he could be one of the top scorers in the league one day.
But does a team want a project with potential or a guy who has solidified his place in the league as a superstar like Love has? Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists a season ago. Laudable to say the least. Love is a graceful 6-foot-10 giant. No, let’s face it, Love is a monster. Point blank.
According to multiple reports, the Cavaliers and the Timberwolves are discussing a trade that would send 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a 2015 first-round pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for Love’s arrival in Cleveland.
Let’s break this down because people are making it a lot harder than it really is. Wiggins is a 6-foot-8, 200-pound shooting guard. Now, while the idea of a 6-foot-8 shooting guard playing alongside the game’s greatest player in LeBron James has Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert licking his chops, what people must not forget is that Wiggins is a 19-year-old that has yet to play a game in the regular season.
Bennett is a 21-year-old who had a rough, and I mean rough first year. 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per contest last year from a former first-overall pick was a major letdown for the Cavaliers. However, one must credit the 6-foot-8, 259-pound Bennett for slimming down and getting into better shape this off-season. Nonetheless, with LeBron’s recent return to Cleveland and Bennett’s position on the Cavs’ totem pole, the big fella has probably made himself disposable in the eyes of the Cavaliers’ front office.
This talk about giving up a first-round pick in 2015 is fine if it means gaining a player of Love’s caliber. What do the Cavs need another No. 1 pick for? LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Love on the court simultaneously would be a team with just the three of them. Give up that No.1 pick. Heck, give up some more picks. Bottom line is, get Love to Cleveland. As long as Kyrie and LeBron are still there, it’s all good.
Easy math here people. The Cavs minus Wiggins, Bennett, a first-round pick and Waiters will mean giving a ton of unlocked talent to a seemingly desperate Flip Saunders, who is bogged down with duties as the head coach, President of Basketball Operations and part-owner of the Timberwolves. However, the addition of Love potentially puts the Cavs in the driver’s seat on the road to an NBA championship.
The Timberwolves will be getting a boatload of talent, especially from a guy like Waiters but in the end, it would be the Cavs who come out on top with a big three consisting of James, Irving and Love. Man that sounds good! James,Irving and Love.As an NBA fan, who wouldn’t want to see those three come together if it meant throwing a bunch of young sheep to the wolves… literally! There’s my joke of the day. Signing out.