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Andrew Wiggins available for Kevin Love trade

Wiggins may soon be trading his Cavaliers cap for a Timberwolves one ©GettyImages
Wiggins may soon be trading his Cavaliers cap for a Timberwolves one ©GettyImages.

Kevin Love might be closer to Cleveland.

Multiple reports from around the NBA say the Cleveland Cavaliers are now willing to part ways with top overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins in a potential trade that would send Love to Cleveland to play with newly re-acquired LeBron James and reigning all-star MVP Kyrie Irving. 

The Cavs had been previously unwilling to include Wiggins in a deal, but have now reportedly changed their tune. 

Reports out of Cleveland have said the Cavs also needed to find a third team to complete the deal, but that might not be the case, as Wiggins was the prize of the draft, and has been described as having tremendous upside.

Cleveland must make the move

From experience, the Cavaliers know that they need to surround LeBron James with top players if they have any hope of keeping him at home. 

It was the combination of superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh that drew James to South Beach, and the resulting two titles and four finals appearances prove just how capable the world's best player is when playing with great talent.

James, along with Kyrie Irving and the addition of Kevin Love, would make for a team that would have top end talent rivaling the Heat team that just went to the NBA Finals.

One of the key counter arguments to Cleveland including Wiggins in a package for Love is his youth.

Love, despite being a sixth year veteran, is just 25 years old, and missed most of the 2012-13 season. The injury didn't hamper him last season as he averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, his third full seasons of at least 20 and 12, in just the fifth full season of his career.

Irving is was the MVP of the 2014 NBA all-star game, and has been in each of the last two all-star games. 

The former number one overall pick played in 71 games last season, a career high, after struggling through some injury problems over his first two seasons.

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Minnesota might have a devastating young core

If the trade is completed, Minnesota would be able to add Wiggins, and likely another young piece, like Tristian Thompson, or Anthony Bennett, to Nik Pekovic, Gorgui Dieng, Shabazz Muhammad, and Ricky Rubio.

The youth would be well served in Minny, and may result in a playoff team in a few seasons, but would struggle in the short term, which might result in the T'Wolves favor.

Minnesota would likely also get a cache of first round draft picks from the Cavaliers, and spend a few years in the lottery, taking their top-14 selection, and the Cavs likely late first round pick, to add more young depth and talent. 

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NBA Playoffs
LeBron James
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Minnesota Timberwolves
Cleveland Cavaliers

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