Just in case you live under a rock or are otherwise out of reach of the four-letter network, LeBron James has announced that he will return to Cleveland next season.
The story broke over at SI.com where they posted a letter from LeBron. Read the full letter HERE. An excerpt:
I always believed that I’d return to Cleveland and finish my career there. I just didn’t know when. After the season, free agency wasn’t even a thought. But I have two boys and my wife, Savannah, is pregnant with a girl. I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.
James spent seven seasons with the Cavaliers, averaging 27.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game and leading them in 2007 to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Spurs. The goal for him now will be to get there again with a Cleveland team that boasts All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and former Kansas star Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in last month's NBA draft.
Wiggins debuted for the Cavaliers' summer league team in Las Vegas on Friday, finishing with 18 points in a showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker, who was the No. 2 pick in the June draft. The Cavs won the game 70-68.
So what does this mean for Andrew Wiggins? Does it mean that he just went from being on one of the worst teams in the NBA to one of the best?
Well... not so fast, my friends. Folks, the short answer is, he is most likely to be traded to Minnesota for Kevin Love. As one of our commenters mentioned yesterday, if Minnesota does not get Wiggins in return in a deal for Love, then they're, uh, not very smart.
The Cavaliers opened trade talks by offering guard Dion Waiters, forward Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for Love, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. But the deal won't happen, sources said.
The Timberwolves want No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins in any deal for Love, but the Cavaliers have told the former Kansas star he will not be dealt, sources told Broussard. The Cavaliers might need to findandrew a third team to get a Love deal done without losing Wiggins.
The Cavs also appear to be closing in on a free agent deal with Mike Miller (who was healthy and played all 82 games last year after some injury trouble in years prior).
If the Cavs can somehow pull off acquiring Kevin Love without dealing Wiggins, I'll be pretty stunned. Of course, it would be nice for Cleveland if they can do it, but it's difficult to realistically imagine a roster with LeBron, Kyrie Irving, Miller, Love, and Wiggins.
We'll keep you updated here at RCT if Andrew Wiggins address changes before the season starts, but of course, Fear the Sword will be your go-to place for all things Cavs and LeBron related.