Report: NBA Could Block Andrew Wiggins For Kevin Love Trade


The biggest news in the NBA right now concerns former Kansas Jayhawks basketball star, Andrew Wiggins. As we reported earlier this week, the trade deal to send Wiggins from Cleveland to Minnesota for 3-time All Star, Kevin Love, is basically a done deal.

Well, hold your horses because the whole deal could be in jeopardy if the NBA can prove that Love and the Cavaliers have agreed to a contract extension before the deal is even eligible to happen.

Under the NBA’s CBA (collective bargaining agreement), rookies cannot be traded until 30 days after the signing of their contract. Wiggins inked his deal back on July 24th, signing a four year agreement with the Cavs and holding his trade availability to the date of August 24th.

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Both teams have been very careful not to say much, if anything at all, about the deal knowing that the NBA could serve them with some severe consequences for working outside of their rules. It’s been reported that Love has agreed to opt out of his 2015 contract and re-sign a deal with the Cavs for 5 years, $12o million dollars and if true, it’s something the league will certainly have to address.

Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein of ESPN both spoke about this matter. 

"“Sources say that the Cavs and Wolves, knowing that league officials are monitoring this transaction closely, have been careful not to make any public acknowledgments that trade details have already been agreed to. That’s because Wiggins remains ineligible to move moved until 30 days pass from the signing his rookie contract.The Cavs were granted permission last month by Minnesota to speak to Love and his representatives in an introductory fashion, sources say, while James and Love have also been in direct contact about their long-term intentions of playing together in recent weeks. But sources insist that no agreement for Love to sign an extension in Cleveland next summer when he can become a free agent is in place.Under NBA rules, such an agreement would be illegal and, if proven, potentially could be grounds for the league to block this trade and dole out punishment to both teams. The Wolves were infamously sanctioned heavily in 2000 after it was discovered that the club had promised a lucrative future contract — in writing — to Joe Smith, incurring a fine of $3.5 million and the loss of four first-round picks as well as suspensions for owner Glen Taylor and then-GM Kevin McHale.”"

Like those two mentioned, the two sides have been extremely careful to keep this deal under-the-table and barring a massive slip-up from someone involved, the NBA will have a hard time stopping this trade from happening.

Soon enough, LeBron James will be paired with Kevin Love and their quest to bring a championship to Cleveland will begin. Meanwhile, Wiggins will take his talents to north beach and become the new face of the T-Wolves.

We’ll keep you updated if anymore news breaks on this issue.