Mo Williams‘ salary makes him a possible trade target for Cleveland, speculates Jason Lloyd of The Akron Beacon-Journal. The Wolves are reportedly willing to move the veteran in exchange for a draft pick, and the Cavaliers’ need for a backup point guard makes a return to Cleveland conceivable. Lloyd writes that the Cavs are focused on acquiring players making no more than $4MM, and Williams’ current salary is $3.75MM with a contract that expires in July. However, he cautions that the Cavaliers are low on draft picks until 2018 and that a reunion of Williams and LeBron James could be dicey.
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- Kevin Love may have struggled during his first half-season in Cleveland, but the Cavs made the right decision to deal for him, Lloyd contends in a separate article. Love has become the third option in the Cavaliers’ offense. His scoring is down nearly nine points per game from last season and he rarely touches the ball in the fourth quarter. But Lloyd argues that Love’s rebounding and floor spacing are valuable assets and that the only way the trade could be considered disastrous is if Love leaves Cleveland as a free agent in July.
- Andrew Wiggins, the centerpiece in the deal that brought Love to Cleveland, told Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio that things are working out well for him in Minnesota. Wiggins was the first pick in the 2014 NBA draft and expected to remain in Cleveland until Love became available late in the summer. “God does things, works in mysterious ways and I feel like this is the best spot for me,” Wiggins said. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot more here than I would’ve there.”
- Love got a much warmer welcome than he expected in his first game back at Minnesota Saturday night, reports Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Love, who spent six years with the Wolves before an offseason trade to Cleveland, had 14 points and 17 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ victory. “Truth be told, I thought it was a pretty good reception,” said Love, who had made it clear before the trade that he was unlikely to re-sign with the Wolves.