Cleveland Cavaliers now willing to include Wiggins in Kevin Love trade offer http://t.co/93I94KhZmj— Bob Finnan (@BobCavsinsider) July 17, 2014
Indeed, Cavaliers have put Andrew Wiggins on table in their effort to acquire Kevin Love from Timberwolves who been firm in trade demands.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 17, 2014
Most notably, the News Herald reports that LeBron James wants Love on the team which precipitated the decision to put Wiggins on the table.
Up until this point, it was assumed the Cavs wanted to hang onto Wiggins, largely because of comments made by Coach David Blatt.
However, a source said James wants the 6-10, 250-pound Love on the roster.
And, what James wants, he normally gets.
There's still conflicting information about whether this is the case, and the Cavs have been resistant to move Wiggins until this point. But if James has decided that he wants Love on the team, that might be the deciding factor.
The question essentially comes down to one of known value vs. potential. Wiggins could be better than Love long term, but that doesn't mean he wil be. He could be worse than Love, or about the same. But with Love, you have a known quantity. He helps you win, and he helps you win right now.
But the Cavs have tried to be more receptive to patience, and LeBron himself in the letter admitted it may take time. Moving for Love defies that to a degree. H's a move to win now, to produce success at an accelerated pace. But he's also a sure bet.
Do you want to gamble for the moon or take the mountain now? That's what the Cavs are debating at this point.