July 11, 2014

What does LeBron James’ return to Cleveland mean for Andrew Wiggins?

There is speculation that former Kansas star Andrew Wiggins, the first pick in this year’s NBA Draft, could be traded by the Cavaliers to Minnesota in a trade for Kevin Love.

When LeBron James plays in his first game back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, will former Kansas star Andrew Wiggins be his teammate?

There is speculation that Wiggins, who was the first overall pick by the Cavaliers in this year’s draft, could be trade bait, despite this plea from his former KU teammate Joel Embiid.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Cleveland will try and create its own Big Three with James, Kyrie Irving, who is eligible to sign his max offer sheet this week, and possibly Minnesota’s Kevin Love.

The Beacon Journal reported that a source with knowledge of trade talks disputed an idea the Cavaliers would refuse to include Wiggins in any deal for Love.

“I don’t think anyone is untouchable,” the source told the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of trade negotiations.

USA Today’s “The Big Lead” noted this passage in the Sports Illustrated piece by James:

“I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.”

The omission of Wiggins was seen as more than incidental.

Big Lead writer Jason McIntyre tweeted this on Wednesday:

However, Yahoo Sports NBA writer Marc J. Spears tweeted this today:

For what it’s worth, Wiggins told The Star last month that he be happy to play on the same team as James.

Whether or not Wiggins remains in The Cleve remains to be seen.

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