Is Kevin Love coming to Cleveland?
James W. Wade III | 8/7/2014, 11:17 a.m.
Well Cleveland Kevin Love is on his way to the city, as reports come out that the Cavs have made a deal to trade their 2014 number one pick Andrew Wiggins and 2013 number one pick Anthony Bennett and a pick in 2015.
Cleveland is making the deal with Minnesota with a firm agreement Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $120 million-plus contract extension, and league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The deal cannot be finalized until Aug. 23, because Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, cannot be traded until one month after the signing of his rookie contract. The two teams have agreed to the deal, but neither would have recourse if the other decided to pull out of the arrangement before it can be formally completed this month. No third team is involved in the Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade agreement.
Cleveland wouldn't have had the salary-cap space to sign Love next summer and could have only obtained him through the trade with Minnesota in a deal now. Rumor talks have been circling about trading Wiggins for Love for awhile.
“I have no issue whatsoever about giving up Wiggins. He is going to be a good player. I don't see greatness in this kid. That's just my opinion K. Love is a 25 yr old double double machine and he spaces the floor like no other big. This deal is a steal as presented,” said long time sports fan Derrick Fulton.
Talk that LeBron James and Love wanted to play with each other in Cleveland may have come to light. Love informed the Timberwolves he would not return to the team after opting out of his contract next summer, and pushed them to make a trade before the start of this coming season.
No matter how you feel, it’s almost certain this deal is complete and signed even without the Cavs making it official. Jimmy Gates and other are jumping for joy about the deal. But not everybody wants Wiggins gone.
“I like Love..I think Wiggins has more longevity and is more versatile in positioning than Love in case of injuries. I know that the Cavs are looking at the "right now" scenario and not the long term, so I get it...but still,” said Ebony Webster.
Love, 25, is a three-time NBA All-Star. He averaged 26 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Timberwolves last season. For his career, he's averaged 19 points and 12.2 rebounds.
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