Bill Simmons’ NBA Trade Value column remains a must-read, and this year he has some very kind things to say about Andrew Wiggins and the Wolves’ acquisition of the now-20-year-old:
Whenever I finally writeThe Book of Basketball 2.0: A Shameless Excuse to Regurgitate Material That You've Already Read for More Money, you know that I'm blowing outthe "What If?" chapterand adding "What if new Cleveland GM LeBron James had just been patient and waited a few months to make sure Wiggins wasn't his short-term Scottie Pippen and long-term Perimeter Stud In Waiting before flipping such a monster asset for Kevin Love when that deal would have still been sitting there in January?" Only the ranking remains in question. I love Wiggins. He's a sure thing.
Simmons knows a lot about basketball — maybe not as much as he thinks he knows, but a lot. It’s nice to know he feels the same way about the Wiggins/Love trade as a lot of us in Minnesota do.