Is the Loss of Wiggins Worth the Price of Love?

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Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

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It has been just over a week since LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers and to no one’s surprise; his control is already taking shape. According to multiple rumors from the basketball world, the Cavs have been looking to make Cleveland a better home for the King by dealing for Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The combination of James, Love and Kyrie Irving has “The New Big 3” written all over it and even though Minnesota has made it clear that the deal will only be considered if Cleveland’s #1 pick, Andrew Wiggins, is included in the trade, the Cavs have been reluctant to make him available, or have they?

 

Over the last few days, reports have come out that Cleveland is now willing to include Wiggins in a trade for Love. Some say this is fact while others say this is fiction, but seriously, does anyone really know? Cleveland’s General Manager, David Griffin, has coveted Andrew Wiggins while LeBron has spoke personally to K-Love about the idea of playing together. Reporters and “experts” can debunk or back up this rumor all they want, but to me, the only thing that matters is if the trade makes sense.

 

To be honest, I have gone back and forth on this topic. At first, I was 100% against trading a potential future NBA super-star like Andrew Wiggins. At the young age of 19, the Kansas Jayhawk product turned heads in college with his incredible athleticism and has already put the NBA on watch during his summer league performances. I love the idea of Wiggins growing into his own around proven stars like Irving and James, but since he is so young and unproven, none of us truly know what he will be.

 

My mind takes me back to a couple of months ago. As soon as the Cavaliers won the Draft Lottery, my first thought was to trade the pick and get Kevin Love. The Cavs had been trying to acquire Love for some time now and since the #1 pick was going to be either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, it seemed like a can’t miss offer. Now, I understand that a pre-draft trade never happened and the whole point of getting Love was to entice LeBron to come home, but if we fast forward to today, LeBron is already back and now Cleveland has Wiggins.

 

Since Cleveland was willing to trade the #1 pick for Kevin Love, knowing that it would probably be Wiggins, what makes the difference now? The Cavs would’ve technically been trading a young and raw Wiggins for a 25 year-old super-star in Kevin Love anyways if the trade had been done before the draft! Don’t get me wrong, Wiggins’ potential is through the roof and he very well could be the next face of the NBA, but when there is an opportunity to add a guy that posted over 26 points and 12 rebounds per game last season and he wants to sign a contract extension, you look at your team as a whole and realize that your time is now.

 

It took me some time, but I am now all for including Andrew Wiggins in the trade for Kevin Love. Since the offer has reportedly been made, this trade could take place at any time, so, what do you think? Would you trade Wiggins for Love or would you keep Wiggins and build for the distant future? Let us know in the poll below and regardless of what happens, I think this off-season has already been a tremendous win for the wine & gold.

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The 2013 'Our Sports Report' NBA Mock Draft

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Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)

 

Well ladies and gentlemen, we are now less than 24 hours away from the 2013 NBA Draft, and as a fan of the game, I couldn’t be more excited.  The next slew of potential NBA superstars could be selected tomorrow night, and whether or not this year’s crop is as talented as previous years, the draft buzz is still in the air.  Much commotion has circled around the 1st overall pick owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers and whom they might take or what they might do with the pick, as well as the destinations of Nerlens Noel, Otto Porter, Victor Oladipo and Alex Len.  Since I have been checking mock drafts for the last few months, we at ‘Our Sports Report’ decided to make one up ourselves.  So without further ado, here is the 2013 Our Sports Report NBA Mock Draft!

 1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Otto Porter Georgetown Pos: SF HT: 6-9 WT: 198

  • If Cleveland doesn’t trade the pick away, I believe they will do the smart thing and go after their biggest need, talent at the small forward spot.  Porter has unbelievable potential and his athleticism will help progress his ability. 

2. Orlando Magic: Nerlens Noel Kentucky Pos: C HT: 7-0 WT: 219

  • Since I believe Cleveland will pass on Noel, Orlando will be waiting with open arms.  The torn ACL still has me questioning his future, but Noel is a proven athlete that can become an elite shot blocker in the NBA and may learn to be a big time scorer one day. Worth the risk.

3. Washington Wizards: Anthony Bennett UNLV Pos: PF HT: 6-8 WT: 240

  • The Wizards badly want Porter, but they will take Bennett.  A big guy that can move and score with the best of them.  Still needs to improve on his perimeter game, but a solid pick at 3.

4. Charlotte Bobcats: Alex Len Maryland Pos: C HT: 7-1 WT: 225

  • The Bobcats will take all the help they can get. Len is a true 7 footer that can run the floor, shoot and score at the rim.  Len has great value with any team, but could become a game-changer with the Bobcats.

5. Phoenix Suns: Victor Oladipo Indiana Pos: SG HT: 6-4 WT: 213

  • Consider this a steal for the Suns.  Oladipo may prove 2-3 years down the road that he was the best player in this draft.  Even though there are rumblings of him going #1, I think he slides to Phoenix at 5.

6. New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Burke Michigan Pos: PG HT: 6-1 WT: 187

  • New Orleans may have Austin Rivers, but they need a true point guard, which makes Burke your guy.  The kid from Columbus, OH starred at Michigan and showed what the Buckeyes were missing.  Burke has the potential to become an elite scorer and distributor in this league.

7. Sacramento Kings: Ben McLemore Kansas Pos: SG HT: 6-5 WT: 189

  • The Kings have never been too good at drafting, but I feel that they aren’t stupid enough to pass up on the best player available.  Whether McLemore turns into the player that we expect him to be or not, he is well worth the risk.

8. Detroit Pistons: Michael Carter-Williams Syracuse Pos: PG HT: 6-6 WT: 184

  • Carter-Williams doesn’t do one thing spectacular, but he does everything great.  He is a quality point guard with size that can dish the rock and finish at the rim. His size will play to his advantage and Detroit won’t pass him up.

9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Georgia Pos: SG HT: 6-6 WT: 204

  • If he is available, Minnesota wants him.  His potential is at a 50/50, but there is no question that he can shoot with the best of them.  May be the best shooter in the draft, and that alone can take him far.  Hell, look at Mike Miller.

10. Portland Trail Blazers: Cody Zeller Indiana Pos: C HT:  7-0 WT: 230

  • There is no question about it that Portland wants to move on from the Greg Oden nightmare and acquire some size down low.  Zeller may not be the most physical post, but he could definitely be a main cog in the paint for a long time with Portland.

11. Philadelphia 76ers: Sergey Karasev Russia Pos: SF HT: 6-7 WT: 197

  • I'm going to be honest with you, I don’t know much about Karasev, but what I do know is that he has a great jumper and may not be leaving Russia just yet. Either way, I think that Philly will make the jump and grab the Russian.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams Pittsburgh Pos: C HT: 7-0 WT: 255

  • This is a safe bet for the Thunder.  The one thing that OKC lacks is size down low and at 7 feet tall; Adams is the way to go. Still has some work to do on his scoring ability, but that will progress while playing with Durant and Westbrook.

13. Dallas Mavericks: C.J. McCollum Lehigh Pos: PG HT: 6-3 WT: 197

  • C.J. McCollum will be the next Damian Lillard. He comes from a small school, and he is a point guard that finds the bucket so well.  I’ve liked McCollum since the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and I believe that talent will blossom even more in the NBA.

14. Utah Jazz: Dennis Schroeder Germany Pos: PG HT: 6-2 WT: 165

  • Utah has the potential to be one of the best young teams out there, and to make that happen, they need a franchise point guard.  If McCollum is available, they will take him, but Dennis Schroeder from Germany is the next best thing.

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Shabazz Muhammad UCLA Pos: SF HT: 6-6 WT: 222

  • The Bucks are always looking for potential, and Muhammad has that. He hasn’t lived up to his potential just yet, but his ability to score shows that he isn’t far away.

16. Boston Celtics: Shane Larkin Miami Pos: PG HT: 6-0 WT: 171

  • With who is left on the board, a big man or Larkin makes the most sense. He is a young and talented leader on the floor and who better to learn from than Rajon Rondo.

17. Atlanta Hawks: Lucas Nogueira Brazil Pos: C HT: 7-0 WT: 220

  • There is no doubt that Atlanta is need of a big guy, and even though Nogueira is skinny as a rail, he will be a solid fit in the ATL. 

18. Atlanta Hawks: Giannis Antetokounmpo Greece Pos: SF HT: 6-9 WT: 215

  • It is looking like Giannis will continue to develop over in Greece for the next few years, and there is nothing wrong with stashing young talent over-seas.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kelly Olynyk Gonzaga Pos: PF HT: 7-0 WT: 234

  • Besides the small forward position, the second biggest need is the low post for the Cavs.  Olynyk makes perfect sense in Cleveland because of his crazy hair and ability to rebound.  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, here he comes!

20. Chicago Bulls: Tony Mitchell North Texas Pos: SF HT: 6-9 WT: 236

  • The Bulls have always had luck with athletic talent, and Mitchell’s energy will fit in perfectly with Chicago.

21. Utah Jazz: Mason Plumlee Duke Pos: PF HT: 6-10 WT: 238

  • With the Jazz potentially losing Al Jefferson, I have a feeling that Mason Plumlee will be a perfect fit in Utah. 

22. Brooklyn Nets: Gorgui Dieng Louisville Pos: C HT: 6-11 WT: 230

  • Like most teams in the league, Brooklyn is looking for another big to play with Robin Lopez.  Dieng may have questions with his knees, but his defensive ability will shine through.

23. Indiana Pacers: Tim Hardaway Jr. Michigan Pos: SG HT: 6-6 WT: 199

  • As we all witnessed in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pacers need scoring help.  With the 23rd pick, Hardaway Jr. makes the most sense.  He is a talented player and was one of the best shooters in college basketball.  Could be a steal for the Pacers.

24.  New York Knicks: Jamaal Franklin San Diego State Pos: SG HT: 6-5 WT: 191

  • The Knicks need more physical play, and if you checked out any Aztec games last season, Franklin is as physical as it gets.  Franklin does whatever it takes to get to the bucket.

25.  Los Angeles Clippers: Tony Snell New Mexico Pos: SG HT: 6-7 WT: 197

  • The Clippers look to be one strong shooter away from becoming a team to be reckoned with and Snell is your man.  For a long scorer that can shoot the lights out of the building, you can’t miss with Snell.

26.  Minnesota Timberwolves: Isaiah Canaan Murray State Pos: PG HT: 6-0 WT: 188

  • I know that they have Ricky Rubio, but Canaan is a dynamic scorer and can you imagine a back court with him and Ricky? Talk about having my mind blown.

27. Denver Nuggets: Alan Crabbe California Pos: SG HT: 6-6 WT: 197

  • Every team is looking for spot up shooters, and with his athleticism to boot, Crabbe makes sense as a Nugget.

28. San Antonio Spurs: Rudy Gobert France Pos: PF HT: 7-2 WT: 238

  • The Spurs always seem to draft international players very well and Gobert is just another case of that.  He may stay in France another year, but his length and size jumps off the page for the Spurs.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Deshaun Thomas Ohio State Pos: SF HT: 6-7 WT: 220

  • Kevin Durant is always looking to dish the rock to someone who can shoot. Meet Deshaun Thomas.  He may be a stretch to go in the 1st Round, but his ability to shoot from anywhere makes him an interesting pick

30. Phoenix Suns: Ricky Ledo Providence Pos: SG HT: 6-6 WT: 197

  • Ledo may have some character issues, but the kid can shoot.  Pairing him with Oladipo and that experienced team in Phoenix should do wonders for young Ledo.

 

There you have it folks, the 1st Round NBA Mock Draft from ‘Our Sports Report’ is complete! Please leave us your comments on how you think the draft will go, we would love to hear from you!  Thursday night is set to be a special one so get ready and enjoy the draft!