Kevin Love Officially Traded to Cavaliers For Andrew Wiggins
There have been a lot of Kevin Love trade rumors. They are just rumors, no more. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have officially agreed to terms of a deal that will send Love to the Cavs.
In return, Minnesota will reportedly received the top overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, as well as the top pick in last year’s draft, Anthony Bennett. In addition, the Timberwolves will also get a 2015 first round draft pick.
In what is easily the biggest move of any team this summer (outside of the Cavaliers welcoming back LeBron James, of course), Love to Cleveland gives the Cavs the league’s newest, most formidable “Big 3”. In that same breath, it just might give the Cavaliers enough strength for analysts to peg them as the favorites to emerge out of the Eastern Conference – if not win it all next season.
In fact, with Love reportedly expected to also agree to a long-term contract with the Cavs, a team with Love, James and star point guard Kyrie Irving could be set up to make a long, successful run at multiple championships.
James is only locked up for the next two seasons, but is fully expected to sign one more major deal to stay in Cleveland after the CBA changes after his contract ends. With Irving and Love both expected to be locked up for longer (Irving already got his big deal), the league’s newest “Big 3” could be ready to dominate for quite some time.
Cleveland isn’t the only winner in this trade, though, as the Timberwolves get quite a haul considering Love was going to leave after the season as a free agent, regardless. Landing a potential superstar in Wiggins was big enough in return for Love, but getting a talented big man like Bennett is also a solid addition, while a first round pick in next year’s draft should only help Minnesota to continue to build a stronger unit.
The best part for the Timberwolves? Losing Love doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going into a sharp decline. With the new talent added in with quality players such as Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic, the Timberwolves can still compete in the interim as they try to improve going forward.
While the future looks bright for Minnesota, the story here is absolutely about Love and the Cavaliers. There is that slight concern that the Cavs gave up a potential superstar in Wiggins to chase titles with Love now, but few can really argue that Love isn’t as good or better than Wiggins might ever be. And to have the chance to form such a formidable core that could compete for a title right now, this year, well, that might just be priceless.
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