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The Eternal Shame That The Cavs Now Have to Face

LoveClevelandIn the offseason last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love in a three-team trade that sent first overall pick, Andrew Wiggins, to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The T-Wolves also received former first-overall pick, Anthony Bennett, from the Cavs and Thad Young from the 76ers. The Wolves flipped Young for Kevin Garnett, which was an excellent PR move, however not a great basketball move. Garnett came home to mentor one of the games brightest young stars, but he has at most two years left before he retires. The 6ers also got quite a deal, getting a first round pick in the process. However, the Cavs did not get the return they expected. On Wednesday, Love opted out of his deal, making him a free agent. LeBron James has said he will not try to recruit Love to return. It is most likely that he will not return and if he does it will be on a short, one-year deal in order to maximize his value when the cap sky rockets after this season.wiggins

Wiggins had an excellent rookie year. He won the Rookie of the Year award by a landslide, while averaging a stat-line of 16.9-4.6-2.1. Those are some good numbers for a rookie who only played one year of college ball. Wiggins projects to be a future hall of famer and definitely a future all-star. Love was a star in Minnesota, however, he regressed into a secondary role in Cleveland. This upset him and also brought down his confidence. Love added 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Cavs. While those aren’t bad numbers, Love will leave the Cavs this offseason, leaving them with nothing in return for the future star, Wiggins and no championship.

The Cavs, and their fans, will now have to face the truth. They gave up a lot for nothing. People will always ask a hypothetical “what-if” Andrew Wiggins and LeBron James teamed up in Cleveland. The entire Cleveland organization and fan-base will cringe when Wiggins rips up the court in a few years, while Love is playing for another team. The shame of giving up such a talented and athletic prospect will haunt the Cavs for years to come. The Cavs now have to face the reality and take the shame.

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