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Jason Whitlock on Andrew Wiggins: Canadian athletes ‘don’t want it as much’

Andrew-WigginsThe Cleveland Cavaliers seem like they have decided that they would rather pair Kevin Love with LeBron James and hope for instant results instead of developing rookie sensation Andrew Wiggins. The Cavs have reportedly agreed to include Wiggins in any potential trade for Love. Does that have anything to do with Wiggins’ nationality? Jason Whitlock seems to think so.

During his chat with Keith Olbermann on Monday night, Whitlock cited the fact that Wiggins is Canadian as one reason the Cavs should trade him for Love.

“I think that smart basketball people, and I don’t want to attach this to LeBron and his camp — Andrew Wiggins is from Canada,” the ESPN columnist said. “Canadian athletes, I think, among NBA players and NBA people, perhaps don’t want it as much as even some of the European and certainly the American players.”

In other words, the Cavs should take ethnic stereotypes into consideration when pondering Wiggins’ future. Olbermann later reminded Whitlock that Wiggins is only half Canadian and that his father is an American who played in the NBA.

“Andrew Wiggins’ effort and intensity was sometimes inconsistent at Kansas,” Whitlock said. “That may be a personality quirk that he will deal with throughout his entire career and that’s why I think (Cleveland) would probably prefer to play with Kevin Love.”

If Whitlock believes Wiggins lacks a “motor,” that’s fine. He’s entitled to his own opinion and assessment of the player. But if he thinks the Cavs should trade Wiggins in part because he is from Canada, that’s probably something Whitlock is best keeping to himself. Then again, this is the same guy who made an Asian penis joke about Jeremy Lin.

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Coach K would trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love without hesitation

Kevin LoveOpinions on whether the Cleveland Cavaliers should trade Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love have been split. On one side, you have the people who believe Wiggins is a rare prospect who could eventually be one of the best players in the NBA. On the other, the argument is that Love is already an All-Star and you know what you are getting with him. Duke and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski belongs to the latter group.

During an interview with John Feinstein on CBS Sports Radio Monday, Coach K said he would make the trade “right away” if he were running the Cavs.

“I think there’s absolutely not one second of hesitancy,” Coach K said. “I’d trade for Kevin Love. That’s not saying anything about any of the other (players involved in the deal). Love’s an All-Star. He’s a double-double guy, but he’s a double-double guy that can spread the court. There aren’t many double-double guys, if any, who spread the court. He can go inside and outside.”

Krzyzewski, who has coached Love with Team USA, also brought up a point that I agree with — LeBron is pushing 30 and isn’t exactly a young player anymore.

“You look at LeBron and you have the best player in the world,” Coach K added. “He’s 29. I’m not saying he’s at the end of his career, but he’s in the second half of his career, let’s put it that way. And in the first half of his career, he was becoming a great player. He was a great talent becoming a great player. That takes time – just like if Wiggins or (Anthony) Bennett are going to be great, it’s not going to happen right now. They’re great talents. LeBron is a great player right now. You do not want to waste any year of a great player’s career.”

As I mentioned before, the Cavs would only regret dealing Wiggins for Love if it didn’t turn into a championship. If Cleveland wins one or two titles with LeBron and Love and Wiggins becomes Kobe Bryant, there would be no regrets. The Cavs have never won an NBA championship, so any trade they make that helps them win one is worthwhile.

Assuming the Cavs are willing to include Wiggins in a potential Love trade, it is probably the Timberwolves that are holding up the deal. Now that they have gotten the offer they want from Cleveland, an even more aggressive bidding war for Love is taking place.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Cavs reportedly willing to include Andrew Wiggins in Kevin Love trade

Andrew-WigginsThe Cleveland Cavaliers are still interested in acquiring Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and they may be willing to pay a steep price for the star forward. According to Bob Finnan of The News-Herald, the Cavs are now open to including No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins in a potential trade for Love.

Finnan also reports that LeBron James wants Love on the Cavs roster, which could ultimately be the reason a deal gets done.

The Cavs were originally trying to finagle a trade with Minnesota that would allow them to hold onto Wiggins, but it quickly became clear that the Timberwolves have no interest in working out a deal with Cleveland if the former Kansas star is not involved. Given how many teams have expressed interest in Love, that is not a surprise.

Wiggins has already drawn comparisons to Kobe Bryant, despite never having appeared in an NBA game. The 19-year-old has tremendous potential and has looked pretty sharp in summer league games, averaging 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. That said, Love has already proven that he can dominate at the NBA level.

LeBron will turn 30 next season. If the Cavs hang onto Wiggins and allow him to grow alongside LeBron and Kyrie Irving, there’s a chance he could become one of the better players in the league. However, the thinking with acquiring Love is that the Cavs will be a better team in the short term and may not need as much time to be championship ready.

Personally, I don’t think the Cavs can lose whichever way they go. They might end up kicking themselves five years down the road if they trade Wiggins, but the hope would be that they have a championship or two to help soften the blow.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

LeBron James does not mention Andrew Wiggins, who could be traded for Kevin Love

Kevin LoveThe Cleveland Cavaliers made the biggest offseason splash their franchise will ever make on Friday when LeBron James announced he is coming back home, and they may not be done dealing just yet. A previous report indicated that the Cavs would try to trade for Kevin Love if they were able to sign LeBron. That remains a definite possibility.

In the piece that he wrote with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, LeBron mentioned how it will be a “long process” before he and his new teammates are a championship contender. He went on to name a few of them including Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao. LeBron did not mention Andrew Wiggins.

I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.

You could argue that he only mentioned a few names so leaving Wiggins out was a coincidence, but I doubt that is the case. There has to be a reason James left out the No. 1 overall pick in the draft when touching on Cleveland’s potential. In all likelihood, the Cavs are exploring trade possibilities for Kevin Love and the Timberwolves want Wiggins.

Naturally, Love has reportedly said he would sign long term if dealt to the Cavs.

The Cavs will be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference with either Wiggins or Love, but Love is a proven NBA difference maker. Wiggins is a bit more of a gamble, albeit one that could pay huge dividends in a few years.

Andrew Wiggins has the best jacket at the NBA Draft

Andrew Wiggins jacket

Is it possible that Andrew Wiggins may have already won before being selected in the NBA Draft Thursday? I think so.

The former Kansas Jayhawks star will be wearing this gorgeous outfit at the draft and I just love it. Look at those colors. Look at that floral pattern. He’s got a full smoking jacket on and looks like a straight G.

Love it, Wiggy. Love it.

Photo via Twitter/Women’s Wear Daily
H/T SB Nation

Report: Sixers looking to trade up to No. 1 for Andrew Wiggins

andrew-wiggins-kansasThe Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly reached out to the Cleveland Cavaliers to express interest in trading for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

ESPN’s Chad Ford reports that the Sixers, who hold both the No. 3 and No. 10 picks in the upcoming draft, are willing to part with the No. 3 pick and Thaddeus Young. Wiggins is also believed to prefer playing for the Sixers over all the teams that have early picks.

In addition, Ford claims the Milwaukee Bucks have settled on Jabari Parker at No. 2. There has been speculation that the Cavs like Joel Embiid more than any other player, so they could — in theory — benefit from the Sixers being desperate to assure themselves the opportunity to draft Wiggins. If the Cavs were planning to take Embiid and the Bucks are set on Parker, they could still draft Embiid at No. 3 and acquire Young as a bonus.

As Eye on Basketball noted, trading the No. 1 pick to Philly would only make sense for the Cavs if they have given up on using it to acquire Kevin Love. It’s also possible that some sort of three-team deal could be worked out if the Cavs want Love, the Timberwolves want multiple picks and the Sixers want the top pick, but that would be a complicated scenario.

Andrew Wiggins has an insane vertical leap

Andrew-Wiggins-vertical-leap

Want to know why NBA prospects are salivating over Andrew Wiggins? For starters, he averaged 17.1 and 5.9 rebounds per game as a freshman at Kansas. And then there’s the whole jumping 37 feet in the air thing.

Wiggins is listed at 6-foot-8 and is a guard. He’s tall for a backcourt player to begin with, and his insane vertical leap proves that he has virtually no physical limits. Wiggins is the type of raw prospect that NBA coaches are dying to mold into a superstar.

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