Wiggins for Love: A Good Deal?

jzi08v4r7pfiey0zsrhkWith the return of LeBron James to Cleveland, a great deal of speculation has been going around the sports networks. Specifically, in regards to whether Cleveland will make a move to acquire Kevin Love. Furthermore, whether or not Cleveland will pursue Kevin Love at the expense of their recent first overall draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, aka Maple Jordan. Now, league sources have confirmed that the Cavs have made the decision that they are willing to deal Wiggins for Love, showing that for the Cavs, longevity isn’t really their goal. They want a championship, and they want it now. There’s no question that an Irving, James, and Love Big-3 would be just about the most exciting and dangerous Big-3 in the league, but does that really guarantee a championship? And furthermore, should anybody be giving up Wiggins for anyone, ever?

There’s no guaranteeing that Wiggins is going to be as good as he has shown himself to have the potential to be. Just look at Anthony Bennett, last year’s first overall draft pick. Also drafted by Cleveland, Bennett came into the league last summer with very high expectations. Those expectations were not met, by any means. This year was terrible for him, and because his performance was subpar, at best, he saw barely any playing time. That being said, this was his rookie season; not every great player makes a splash their rookie year. But, most do. And the fact is that Bennett’s value is very very low. Could the same thing happen to Wiggins? Based on how he’s playing in this year’s summer league, odds are the answer is No. Just look at this highlight; Wiggins throws down a 360-reverse behind the back dunk. It’s unbelievable, and though it’s only him during warmups, during the summer league, he’s been compiling a highlight list that’s already pretty impressive.

When it comes to Kevin Love, we don’t need a highlight reel. Love’s been in the league since the 2008 draft, and every season he’s had has been good. Love is a 3-time All Star, and is a double-double machine. His ability to play the 4-stretch-5 position allows for both small-ball and big-ball lineups, and he can give you a solid 40-45 minutes per game. Nobody denies that Kevin Love would be a fantastic addition to Cleveland. But how long will all three of those players stay with Cleveland on short-term contracts? LeBron has signed a 2-year deal with an opt-out clause after a single year to see what will happen with the salary cap increase. Love will likely structure his deal similarly. But, regardless, the question really comes down to whether Minnesota would be willing to do a straight 1-1 trade for Wiggins. Love commands a great deal of value, and the question remains regarding if Cleveland is willing to give up it’s upcoming first-round draft picks to sweeten the deal for Minnesota. It’s clear that Cleveland is abandoning their goals of trying to acquire Love while keeping Wiggins, but, is their short-term success worth sacrificing long-term dominance? Personally, I say no.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://ift.tt/1nTWp3j

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Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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