The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to sign No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract this week, ESPN reports.
It’s normally not big news that a team would sign its top draft pick, but Wiggins signing with Cleveland would mean that by league rules the Cavaliers would be unable to trade him for 30 days. That would delay any deal that would send Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, should the two teams decide to consummate one.
Sources tell ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that the delay in signing Wiggins has nothing to do with any potential Love trade discussions, and that Cavaliers are waiting to make the deal based on some routine salary cap management issues. Still, Wiggins signing on in Cleveland would seemingly take a deal for Love off the table for another month.
Another possible landing spot for Love is Golden State, where the Warriors may or may not be willing to send Klay Thompson to Minnesota in a potential deal. If the Warriors don’t include Thompson, Minnesota may be forced to go to a Plan C or hold off from trading Love entirely.
Earlier this month, the Celtics were still aggressively pursuing Love, according to the Globe. There hasn’t been much Love-to-Boston talk of late, but the longer Love stays on the market, the more you have to wonder if Minnesota would look harder at teams besides Cleveland and Golden State rather than keep Love and let him walk for nothing next year.