The proposition of trading the All-Star power-forward Kevin Love has been swirling for many months now. Love has openly expressed his dissatisfaction with the Minnesota Timberwolves, with whom he has spent his entire NBA career.
The overwhelming conversation has been that the team that gains Love will count his addition as a major win, yet little has been said about how a trade would affect the Timberwolves. Sure, Love is a loss for Minnesota, but let’s take a look at how they can actually benefit from moving him before next season.
Love has had many suitors vying for options that will tear him away from Minnesota. The Cleveland Cavaliers are seen by most as the front runner. It has been rumored that their trade offer will include Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round draft pick. If Minnesota receives this high of an offer, then you can bet they will be helping Love pack his bags.
Wiggins is the most talented player from the 2014 NBA draft and can provide an explosive energy immediately on the floor. Bennett was also a high draft pick and has much room for growth. The combo of Wiggins and Ricky Rubio can make a dangerous backcourt. Furthermore, Bennett can slide right into Love’s role, so the Timberwolves would not be left with a major void.
Another key factor in the Love ordeal is that Minnesota could not afford to keep him next year at a max-contract and still be able to provide adequate talent around him. The trade for Cleveland’s young talent will come at a low-cost and has the possibility of becoming a high reward. The future first-round pick that Minnesota may receive will also set them up for success going forward.
If you’re a Timberwolves fan, I understand the disappointment in losing a star player like Love, but his leaving will lead to more opportunities for Minnesota to build a more well-rounded team for the future.