Former Kansas star Andrew Wiggins might just get some stability to his start in the NBA, at least temporarily.
ESPN reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers are close to signing Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick by the Cavs in last month’s draft. The deal is expected to happen this week.
Wiggins — in a rare situation for a top draft pick after the draft — has been at the swirling center of trade rumors involving Minnesota Timberwolves big man Kevin Love. Speculation over such a trade started after LeBron James made his big announcement last week that he was returning to Cleveland.
The Timberwolves, though, have reportedly been insisting they would not deal Love to the Cavaliers unless they get Wiggins.
Yet once Wiggins signs, the Cavaliers would have to wait a minimum of 30 days before including him in any trade.
Wiggins’ deal will pay him around $5.5 million for his rookie season.
“It’s been crazy,” Wiggins told SI.com last week after his final summer league game in Las Vegas on Friday.
“It’s all positive stuff. With LeBron coming back, there’s nothing negative about that at all. The best player in the world coming to your team, it’s just a great feeling. The organization is on the rise right now.”
The Chicago Bulls have re-signed guard Kirk Hinrich to a two-year deal.
The Bulls announced the move Monday, along with the signing of second-round pick Cameron Bairstow. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Hinrich will make $2.7 million next season. The contract includes a player option for the second year. The person requested anonymity because the team does not publicly comment on contract details.
Hinrich has spent nine of his 11 seasons with the Bulls.
The steady veteran averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 assists in 73 games last season. His presence will help give the Bulls a little bit of insurance should Derrick Rose’s knee issues return.
Rose is set to play this season after missing most of the last two years.