Kevin Love to Cavaliers Deal in Place?
After months of speculation and ridiculous back and forth rumors, we may finally have a destination for Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love. Kind of.
According to reports, there is a “handshake deal” in place that will send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a proposed three-team deal. Love has been rumored to be interesting in going to Cleveland and playing with LeBron James, while Love has also made it known that he wanted the Cavs to go get Love.
The Philadelphia 76ers are the rumored third team that would be involved in the deal, as they would be adding forward Thaddeus Young to the mix and sending him to Minnesota to help complete the trade. Minnesota would also be getting the top pick from the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, from the Cavaliers.
There could be other pieces to the trade, although none have been reported at this time. Suspected pieces that could be part of the three-team deal could include Kevin Martin or J.J. Barea from the Timberwolves, as well as Anthony Bennett or Dion Waiters from the Cavaliers. Philadelphia is likely getting future draft picks as compensation for their contribution to the yet to be confirmed trade, but could also receive some players in the deal.
This is obviously huge news for the Cavaliers and Timberwolves, as Minnesota gets a huge return for a player that was almost certainly scheduled to leave for nothing after the season. The Timberwolves replace Love with a very talented and versatile forward in Young, while getting a potential franchise game-changer in Wiggins.
The Cavs won’t be losing any sleep in the short-term in regards to parting with the draft’s top pick, however, as landing a marquee stud like Love gives them arguably the league’s strongest “Big 3” and likely makes them the best overall team in the Eastern Conference. They will have a chance to contend for a trip to the NBA Finals right away for the 2014-15 NBA season and provided Love agrees to sign on to a long-term deal, he and James, along with Kyrie Irving, could win multiple championships together.
The Timberwolves could do just fine with the team they have constructed, too, as they still had Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic to lean back on, but can now build to the future with their new talented acquisitions. The deal has yet to be made official, but has reportedly been in the works for several weeks and is likely to stick.
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