One of the most viral NBA trade rumors this week now pertains to the Cavaliers showing interest in Mike Conley and Andrew Wiggins. In the HoopsHype Podcast, Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor mentioned to Michael Scotto that “Wiggins is one that I’ve kicked around inside the walls of Cleveland.”
Additionally, Fedor pointed out that Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff would enjoy coaching Jazz guard Mike Conley. Cavs general manager Mike Gansey is still searching for a talented guard to compliment Darius Garland’s production. And if the price is right, the Jazz could shop the 15th-year veteran.
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— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) May 26, 2022
In the 2021-22 regular season, Conley averaged 13.7 points, three rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 72 games played. He shot 43.5% from the field and 40.8% from downtown. On Aug 6, 2021, the guard signed a three-year, $72.5 million contract with the Jazz. He has two years remaining on his deal. Also, Conley is set to earn $22.680 million next season.
Furthermore, the Cavaliers selected Wiggins first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. However, as part of a three-team trade, the forward and Anthony Bennett were traded to the Timberwolves a couple of months later. In 2020, along with first and second-round draft picks, Wiggins was traded by the Timberwolves to the Warriors for Jacob Evans, D’Angelo Russell and Omari Spellman.
In his third regular season with the Warriors, in 73 games played, Wiggins averaged 17.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Not to mention, the forward will earn $33,616,770 in the 2022-23 season. This is part of his five-year, $146.5 million extension he signed with the Timberwolves back in 2017.
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Fans are not sure what to make of this particular NBA trade rumor. Did Mike Conley play his last game with the Jazz? On May 14, he tweeted this message on Twitter: “A tough end to a season that was cut shorter than we expected. I want to acknowledge my teammates and coaches for what they give to this game. And the organization and fans for your commitment and support. Eyes to the future and growth.”
A tough end to a season that was cut shorter than we expected. I want to acknowledge my teammates and coaches for what they give to this game. And the organization and fans for your commitment and support. Eyes to the future and growth. @utahjazz pic.twitter.com/JngemDRM8t
— Mike Conley (@mconley11) May 14, 2022
It sounds like either a farewell message or a ‘better luck next year’ type of post. Before Conley re-signed with the organization last August, he told the press, “Like I said, obviously I’ve had a great time here, great, great experiences, coaches — Coach Quinn (Snyder) and the players, Don (Mitchell) and Rudy (Gobert) and everybody, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
So, there is a good chance that Mitchell will remain with Utah. He’s in a good spot. It’s better for a player not to try to fix what isn’t broken. Nonetheless, this is the sixth consecutive season that the Jazz have not made it beyond the first round of the NBA playoffs. If the team refuses to trade him, at least he’ll have the opportunity to win more playoff games with Utah next season. Other NBA trade rumors are on the main page.
Andrew Wiggins’ future rests on whether or not the Warriors win another NBA title
Moreover, if the Warriors return to the NBA Finals and win another chip, it’s possible that only then would Wiggins want out. He wants to win a championship with his current team. Is that not a fair assumption? In the Western Conference Finals, the eighth-year player is averaging 18.8 points, 6.5 total rebounds and three assists per game.
The Cavaliers are a rising team, considering they qualified for the playoffs this season for the first time since LeBron James signed with the Lakers. Plus, the Cavaliers are younger, yet less talented than the Warriors. In the end, it’s all about the money and draft picks. If Cavs G.M. Mike Gansey makes the Warriors an offer they cannot refuse, Andrew Wiggins will be returning to Cleveland.
Other names tossed around the NBA trade rumors board include Bojan and Bogdan Bogdanovic and Gordon Hayward.
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Source: Basketball Insider