Andrew Wiggins Signs Contract With Cleveland Cavaliers


The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed the overall number pick from the 2014 NBA trade, the former Kansas Jayhawk, Andrew Wiggins, according to Zach Harper of CBSSports.com.

Wiggins’ contract is for two years guaranteed, with a team option for two more seasons.  According to RealGM.com, the NBA’s rookie pay scale for this season will net Wiggins $4,592,200 million his rookie season, $4,798,900 million in his second season, and $5,005,500 million in his third year, if the team picks up his option.

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He would be in line for a 26.1% raise in year four of the deal, if he meets his expectations. Regardless, Andrew Wiggins is a rich young man, and he is just 19 years old.

Because of some weird NBA rule, Wiggins cannot be traded for at least 30 days. If there is a deal in the works with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, it will have to wait a month.

According to Sam Amick of USAToday.com, if Cleveland is working on a deal for Love, Wiggins would just about have to be involved. The Cavaliers would have to send some players back to Minnesota that would make up for the $15.7 million the Timberwolves owe Love. Those players would have to carry some salary to make up the difference.

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  • Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.2 steals for the Kansas Jayhawks last season as a freshman. He scored 41 points against West Virginia in march, part of a three game-stretch in which he averaged 31 points a game.

    His raw athletic ability, which includes an incredibly quick vertical jump, and his shooting potential, make him an exciting player to watch.

    Kansas fans were looking forward to seeing him paired with superstar LeBron James on a nightly basis, and hope the former Jayhawk stays in Cleveland.

    Nothing against Minnesota, but if Wiggins is shipped there, he will toil in relative obscurity, as opposed to being in the national spotlight as a running mate of LeBron James. The prospect of LeBron, Wiggins, and Kyrie Irving all on the floor at the same time is very intriguing.

    So, with the signing, Wiggins will be a Cavalier for at least 30 days. He shouldn’t shopping for a home to purchase in the Cleveland area with the money from his new contract, though. It is not certain he will be in town long.