Former Timberwolves coach would trade Andrew Wiggins for Kyrie Irving

The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly exploring trades with “incredible seriousness” to land Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While it’s unclear if former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins would be involved in this deal, former Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell said he’d pull the trigger if he could land Irving. However, it’s important to note that Irving is the “only” player he’d move Wiggins to acquire.

Just was on @SiriusXMNBA with @SamMitchellNBA. He said the ONLY player he’d move Wiggins for is Kyrie. Thought that was telling

— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 27, 2017

Mitchell coached Wiggins both as a head coach and as an assistant for Minnesota. He has openly praised the young player and Wiggins has supported his former coach.

While he is no longer with the organization, it’s interesting to hear his reaction to the recent trade rumors considering how well he knows the Canadian-born

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After strong summer league, DeAndre Bembry is hoping for a bigger role with the Hawks

Each year during the NBA Summer League, there are a handful of players who seem too good to be participating in the event. While it may seem like a waste of time for NBA rotation players to compete against training-camp bodies, sometimes Summer League is just as important for these individuals. The players increase their confidence, build chemistry with their fellow young teammates and gain more experience in their coaching staff’s system. If all goes as planned, the player will thrive and be able to build on their summer success in training camp and the regular season.

One of the best examples of this was when the Chicago Bulls handed Jimmy Butler the reins to their 2012-13 Summer League team in Las Vegas. Butler was the 30th overall pick in the 2011 draft and, due to the NBA lockout, hadn’t played Summer League before. As a rookie, he averaged 2.6

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Otis Smith, potential exec for Kings, traded for Vince Carter in 2010

When former Sacramento Kings executive Scott Perry left to join the New York Knicks, Otis Smith became a potential candidate to replace him.

Sources: Kings meet with ex-Orlando GM Otis Smith for VP of Basketball Ops job: https://t.co/n0F05K2R4b

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 26, 2017

His history as an executive is highlighted as the general manager of the Magic. Smith traded for Carter, who signed with the Kings this offseason, during the 2009-10 season.

The two have a previously established relationship.This is what Carter said of Smith in 2010 before the postseason (via New York Times):

“He brought a lot of pieces to the puzzle. I’m an important piece and I accept it. I’m not afraid of being in that position … You look at the talent and the ability we have. I can’t wait.”

The Magic also received Ryan Anderson, now at the center of trade rumors involving

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