Cleveland Cavaliers lose first game in 2014 Summer League
James W. Wade III | 7/18/2014, 9:01 a.m.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had their first loss in the Las Vegas Summer League Thursday night losing to the Houston Rockets 96 to 90 2014 number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins had 21 points.
They played without defensive specialist Matthew Dellavedova, who left with the Australian National Team. The defense struggled during their defeat where Rockets guard Isaiah Cannan scored 28 points.
Cavs guard Will Cherry also had 21 and 2013 number one pick Anthony Bennett added 11 points. Many fans are disappointed in the thought of the Cavs entertaining the trade of Wiggins, which probably was going through his mind Thursday night.
His playing ability is something that many fans like, his behind the back dunks and outside scoring is something the Cavs is in need of. Many feel Love is not worth the trade and the Cavs should find another option.
“The way the Cavs are assembling this team, Greg Monroe, might be a better fit. They seem to have enough shooters. They need a rim protector and a physical player. And he will be cheaper than Love,” said Delvis Valentine of the Sports Brothers.
Cleveland had been reluctant to include the No. 1 overall pick in June's draft in trade talks. Thinking the Cavs already have some good picks for next year what more would they want to give to the Timberwolves?
But two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the Cavaliers' position has remained unchanged and that no offer including Wiggins has been made to Minnesota. The people requested anonymity because neither team was publicly commenting on trade talks.
"Rumors are rumors. That's why they call them rumors," Cavs coach David 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."
Wiggins scored 21 points in 31 minutes on Thursday night in a loss to the Houston Rockets. He showcased his superior athleticism by creating mismatches and getting to the free throw line at will, making 15 of 20 free throws and getting one jaw-dropping, chase-down block in transition.
Let’s all hope that Wiggins stays in Cleveland to play with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving this season.
Cleveland will play one more game on Friday night.
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