Kevin Love Trade Isn't Guaranteed Despite 'Handshake Agreement'

By Nick Villano
Kevin Love
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The Twitter world is abuzz after word came out that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves have a “handshake agreement” that centers around sending prized power forward Kevin Love to team with Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. A third team is also in the mix.

The reported trade would send Love to the Cavaliers, Anthony Bennett and a 1st round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, and Andrew Wiggins and Thaddeus Young to the Timberwolves. While everyone in the rumor mill (including credible journalists) are saying it is a done deal, that doesn’t mean it will be when the time comes to do it.

They obviously cannot do the deal now because Wiggins cannot be traded for 30 days after signing a contract. He signed his first contract last week. That gives all three teams to lose their impulse, or have second thoughts about the trade. That gives them three weeks to have to deal with players who think they aren’t wanted by their current team. Those players could go into the GM’s office and convince him that they made a mistake. With the injury to Paul George still fresh in everyone’s mind, you have to also consider that any one of these players involved could get hurt from now until then.

We have seen in the past that handshake agreements don’t always work out in sports. We see in the college game where verbal commits change their minds and switch schools all the time. These are moves that will change the face of these three franchises. It takes a certain amount of guts to pull through on these moves. It takes a certain amount of nerves to be able to commit to these moves after about 20 days of sitting and thinking about it.

Is there a good chance the move will happen? Yes, but that doesn’t mean it is close to 100 percent. Until we hear from the teams that it is done, we cannot jump to conclusions. Until we can buy Love Cavalier jerseys and get returns on our Wiggins jerseys, then wait until everything is official.

Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports.  He also adds to the site’s NBA, MLB and NFL content.  You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your Google circle.

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