First, the signing. Next, the delay.
And with that, the Cavaliers locked up Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft.
And with that, Cleveland potentially holds up dealing the athletic wing and potential All-Star to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.
And with that, we cannot truly gauge the pecking order for contending teams in the Eastern Conference, including the Washington Wizards.
Per league rules, a draft pick cannot be part of an official trade for at least 30 upon signing. Cleveland and Minnesota can still hammer out a deal in that time, just cannot pull the trigger.
That could also mean the long-rumored deal lingers and lingers. In other words, we're probably not close to being done writing about whether or not the Cavs pair up Love with LeBron James.
The Cavs reportedly would deal Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, a fellow Canadian and the No. 1 pick in 2013, to the Timberwolves for Love. The Olympian and double-double machine can and is expected to opt out of his contract following the 2014-15 season. Other reports have the Chicago Bulls entering the fray with a package including Taj Gibson and rookie Doug McDermott.
As is, Cleveland certainly ranks among the main contenders along with Chicago, Washington, Toronto, Miami and others. Land Love and most pundits will have the Cavs as the team to beat.
Joe Harris, Cleveland's second-round pick, also agreed to terms. The former University of Virginia star reportedly signed a three-year, $2.3 million deal with the first two years guaranteed.