The Cleveland Cavaliers may have changed their stance on Andrew Wiggins.
According to a report from the News-Herald in Ohio, the Cavaliers are now willing to use the Canadian first overall pick as trade bait to acquire power-forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Cleveland was reportedly not interested in discussing any deals regarding Wiggins, but with LeBron James now in the fold, the perception might be to put the best possible team together now instead of waiting for raw players like Wiggins to develop. Sources also say that James reached out to Love and informed him of his desire to play with the three-time All-Star in Cleveland.
Adding Love would likely make the Cavs the favourites in the NBA's Eastern Conference next year and an instant title contender.
However, Cavaliers coach David Blatt said all the talk regarding Wiggins are "just rumours" and sees no reason to discuss the subject because "it doesn't mean anything."
"Rumours are rumours. That's why they call them rumours," Blatt said. "Sooner or later in one's career, you're going to have to deal with it. If he has to deal with it now, then so be it. It's summer league. He's learning everything as he goes along."
Love, 25, averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists over 77 games played with Minnesota in 2013-14, his sixth year in the NBA.
James signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract last week to return to Cleveland.
Wiggins is currently in Las Vegas playing in the NBA's summer league. He scored 21 points in a game against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.