Report: Kevin Love trade to Cleveland is done

August 5, 2014 – 12:43 am by Ryan Phillips
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On Monday night Brian Windhorst reported that a trade that will send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers has essentially been completed. Windhorst claims it is a “handshake agreement” at this point, as the Cavs have to wait a few weeks to trade No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Wiggins can’t be shipped out of town until 30 days after he signed his rookie contract.

Windhorst claims it could actually wind up being a be a three-way trade that will send Love to the Cavs, with Wiggins and Thaddeus Young going to the Wolves and Anthony Bennett going to the Philadelphia 76ers. So yeah, I’d say that qualifies as a blockbuster deal. A team could still come in and blow the Timberwolves away with another offer since the deal is not official yet, but that’s unlikely at this point.

The Cavs will give up the enormous potential of Wiggins to land Love, a 25-year-old three-time All-Star. They are also giving up on Bennett, the No. 1 pick from the 2013 NBA Draft who struggled mightily as a rookie. He’ll now get a fresh start in Philadelphia, while Minnesota gets a solid forward in Young.

This deal makes every team in it better, though I have been vocal in saying I wouldn’t trade for Love if I was the Cavs. I think keeping their young core together along with LeBron James would be the sure-fire way to create a dynasty. Adding Love makes the Cavs better now, but may not be the right move for the team long term.

Love will enter free agency after the 2014-15 season and there is no guarantee he’ll stay in Cleveland, since he will not sign an extension with the Cavs before hitting free agency. He’s a California guy and the Los Angeles Lakers will have a ton of salary cap room to lure him away. Sure, that may not matter, but the fact that there is even a small amount of doubt makes this deal a risk.

That said, Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 36.3 minutes per game last season. He also shot 37.6 percent from three-point range. He’s the definition of a difference-maker. His future is a topic for another day at this point.

Expect Cavs fans to be very excited about this trade. And they should be fired up, since adding Love to James and Kyrie Irving gives Cleveland the NBA’s best trio.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Report: Kevin Love trade to Cleveland is done”

  2. Hate to lose young, but he wasn’t happy anyway.

    By daniel jenkins on Aug 5, 2014

  3. It does suck for the Sixers to lose Young, but with where they’re at in their rebuild, dumping him and getting Bennett could be a great move. Provided Bennett lives up to his potential.

    By Ryan Phillips on Aug 5, 2014

  4. I don’t see how this article can suggest that trading for Love may not be good option long-term when he’s only 25 and barring an injury will more than likely continue to play at a high level for the next 6-7 years. There’s nothing to suggest that it wouldn’t be a fantastic option long-term. In fact, it could be said that keeping Wiggins would be more a risk long-term because the Cavs don’t know if he’ll turn out to be a bust or not (prime example: Bennett), whereas they know exactly what they’re getting in Love.
    Another reason that it makes sense for the Cavs to deal Wiggins for Love is that they need to win now considering LeBron has an opt out at the end of the upcoming season, and they’re considerably more likely to win a title now with Love than with Wiggins. Additionally, saying that it’s a risk that Love will not resign with the Cavs long-term is ludicrous considering Love himself stated he would 100% sign long term with Cleveland if LeBron James returned.

    By Bill Russell Champion of Champions on Aug 5, 2014

  5. Love actually has pulled back from that statement and the word out of his camp is that he’ll actually opt to become a free agent next year and look around. He may wind up back with the Cavs, sure, but he has always wanted to play in a major market and will always be the No. 2 guy in Cleveland.

    Again, not saying he’ll jump, but that risk certainly exists.

    By Ryan Phillips on Aug 5, 2014

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