07/22 11:32 CDT AP source: Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract
AP source: Cavs to sign Andrew Wiggins to contract
CLEVELAND (AP) --- Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the
Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1
overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade
involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days.
Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward
Kevin Love. The person familiar with the talks says Wiggins will sign with
Cleveland as early as Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on
Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its
The Cavs and Timberwolves have had ongoing discussions about a trade for Love
since before Cleveland selected Wiggins first in May. The Timberwolves have
always insisted that Wiggins be involved in any package, a stipulation the
Cavaliers have resisted.
Last week, two people familiar with the discussions said the Cavs were still
not willing to include Wiggins in a deal. It's not yet known if the Cavs have
softened their stance on Wiggins, who played well during the team's summer
league in Las Vegas.
The Cavs have considered acquiring Love and teaming him with LeBron James, who
recently announced he was returning to Cleveland and signed a two-year, $42.1
million deal with the team. With Love, James and All-Star point guard Kyrie
Irving, Cleveland would have a "Big 3" comparable to what Miami had in James
and All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Signing Wiggins to a contract wouldn't necessarily prevent a trade from
eventually happening. Under league rules, Wiggins cannot be officially traded
for 30 days after he signs. But the Timberwolves and Cavaliers could come to
some sort of agreement before that and then execute the trade after the window
In reality, signing Wiggins may actually make a trade easier. League rules
require teams that are at or over the salary cap to exchange packages of
similar dollar values when they make trades. Before Wiggins signs a deal, he
has a contract worth zero, so his inclusion does not help the Cavaliers get
closer to the $15.7 million value they would receive with Love's contract.
But when he does sign, Wiggins will have a value of around $5.5 million, which
would get the Cavaliers a big step closer to the 80 percent of Love's contract
that they need to reach to make any deal conform to league rules.