What Life Would Be Like With Andrew Wiggins And Without Kevin Love
With Wiggins instead of Love, the Cavs would have only had to worry about Wiggins rookie deal, worth $5.5 million this season and $6 million next season. There would be no concern regarding K. Love’s expiring deal or the $15.7 million owed to him for the 2014-2015 season. There is also a possibility that if the Cavs had kept Wiggins, there was a chance that Varejao would not have gotten his 3 year, $30 mil contract extension at the beginning of the season. The Cavs would have likely preferred to put that additional salary towards a player that could contribute to the team off the bench.
The money saved by not having Love on the roster nor signing Varejao to an extension would be significant to the Cavs. This is because LBJ, Miller, and J.R. hold player options, while Shump and Double T. are entering restricted free agency after the season. The money saved would have made it easier for the Cavs this season and seasons in the future. If the Cavs had kept Wiggins and spent their money wisely, there were reports that they would have been able to offer Love a large contract in the 2015 offseason anyways – thereby acquiring him without giving up a potential a franchise corner-piece in Wiggins, or Bennett, a young and valuable trade asset.
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