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Cavaliers Coach David Blatt Says That Andrew Wiggins Won't Be Traded

Even before LeBron James made his return to Cleveland official, there were rumors that the Cavaliers might try to pair their former and now new superstar with the Timberwolves' all-star forward. When James released his letter to Sports Illustrated, he mentioned the chance to play with Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, and even Dion Waiters, who has been placed in trade rumors almost perpetually for the better part of the year. Wiggins' name was noticably absent, leading many to believe that he would be a piece that the Cavaliers would use to try to acquire Love. According to new Cavaliers coach David Blatt, Wiggins is staying in Cleveland, and will get a chance to play with James, according to ESPN,

"There's no reason or cause for worry on his part because Andrew's not going anywhere, as far as I know and as far as the club has expressed," Blatt told reporters Saturday following the Cavaliers' Summer League practice in Las Vegas...

"I would think for a guy like Andrew, to have the opportunity to play with arguably one of the best players of all time, and to learn from him and to be tutored by him and to play alongside him -- which he will -- I gotta think that's a tremendous boost to his confidence and his comfort level and probably his motivation," Blatt told reporters.

Cleveland reportedly offered Waiters, Anthony Bennett, and a future first rounder for Love, which was turned down by Minnesota. If they don't want to make the gamble of trading Wiggins, they could just wait until Love hits free agency, but one has to imagine that the Cavs would like to keep the talented forward away from other teams, like those in his native California.