All the buzz in the NBA is currently being made by the Cleveland Cavaliers after their huge three team trade in which they acquired All-Star forward Kevin Love.
But on the other end of the deal it was just the second time in the history of the NBA that a number one overall pick was traded before playing a game.
The last time it happened it was Chris Webber who was selected by the Orlando Magic and traded to Golden State… But this time around it was the 'Canadian Phenom' Andrew Wiggins who will now put on a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey after being drafted by Cleveland.
And guess what? The move makes a lot of sense for both teams and is especially good for Wiggins. The Cavaliers now have a clear direction to win and win often with LeBron James, Love, and Kyrie Irving; and the T'Wolves have a young prospect to build around with some decent pieces around him.
The best supporting character in the Timberwolves’ 'plot' has to be Ricky Rubio; it seems he was lost in between all of this trade talk but when healthy he is the perfect pass first Point Guard for this team.
Not to mention that he will help Wiggins that much more, add in Thaddeus Young who they also acquired in the Love trade and Nikola Pekovic who is still one of the best Centers in the entire league. Pekovic is also one of the best enforcers in the league with his dominating strength.
Bringing this full circle, thinking of Wiggins as the core and the team around him as outer rings and you can see how the Timberwolves went from being a “doomed-looking” team to a team with a high ceiling in a tough Western Conference.
All of this and we didn’t even mention the potential of Anthony Bennett and Shabazz Muhammad (who are both still very young in age and experience) or the talented scoring combo of Guards Kevin Martin and Mo Williams.
Regardless of what their record will be this season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have definitely reinforced their future with Wiggins and this trade and have far less to lose than the Cavaliers.