After weeks of speculation the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed in principle to a trade that sends All-Star Forward Kevin Love to the Cavs. The T-Wolves will receive the 2013 and 2014 first overall draft picks Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins plus a 2015 protected first-round draft pick. The deal should be completed by August 23rd, the first day Wiggins is eligible to be traded after signing his contract a couple weeks back.
This move makes the Cavs odds on favorites in the Eastern Conference and a strong contender to give Cleveland its first major championship since 1964. For the T-Wolves this gives them a phenomenal foundation to build a contender in the Western Conference. The new nucleus of Zach LaVine, Wiggins, Bennett and Glenn Robinson III gives Ricky Rubio a plethora of options to dish the rock to. If Flip Saunders continues to make solid moves it is realistic for the T-Wolves to be in the playoffs in the next two or three years.
The question still remains: did the Cavs give up too much? Love is undoubtedly one of the two best power forwards in the game and playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving is an ideal situation. However, if Love was indeed telling the truth when he said he would only sign an extension with the Cavs then why include Wiggins? The Cavs could’ve played hardball and paid 50 cents on the dollar for Love instead of paying market value, but to their credit they played it safe and appeased James by getting the deal done.
It will be a couple years before we can see who won this deal, but the immediate loser is the rest of the league. This Cavs team has all the ingredients those Heat teams had. Barring any major injuries this team should finish in the top three in the East and reach the Eastern Conference Finals and then some. Either way this NBA season might be one for the ages.