Who are the Cleveland Cavaliers going to choose?
Your guess — and his — is as good as mine. Kotoch isn’t totally convinced Cleveland will still own the pick.
According to ESPN’s Andy Katz, the Cavaliers made a big offer this evening to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love. Timberwolves new president of basketball operations, Flip Saunders, has been adamant in his refusal to move Love, but Chris Grant and the Cavs are in hot pursuit.
Katz reports that Cleveland put all their chips on the table (except Kyrie Irving, of course) for Love. A deal that included the No. 1 overall pick, last years No. 4 pick (Dion Waiters) and 2011’s No. 4 pick (Tristan Thompson).
Make no mistake, this is no petty offer. Cleveland is very high on Thompson and Waiters, and for good reason. Waiters had his ups and downs as a rookie, but came on incredibly strong in the second half of the season before battling injuries in the final month. He averaged 14.7 points and 3.0 assists for the Cavs, rotating between the inept teams starting lineup and sixth man role.
Thompson is another story. Many remember Thompson for his rookie struggles and his raw offensive game. TT completely turned his game around from December on and became a double-double machine.
This would be a major haul for a Minnesota franchise that may end up losing Love for nothing next year anyways. Apparently they are more than confident they can mend the once fractured relationship between the organization and Love.
But the Cavs are also exploring trading the top pick since they’re not in love with any one player who in a “normal” year wouldn’t be a top pick. According to a source, Cleveland offered the No. 1 pick, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters to try and land Minnesota’s Kevin Love. But new Timberwolves president Flip Saunders won’t move Love.
The Cavs are fond of Thompson and Waiters — the latter being one of the top six rookies last season — but Cleveland would love to get an All-Star forward to pair with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.
With so much happening in so little time, we’ll get right to it. Because, like I said, your guess is as good as mine.
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