The only news that seems to be running across the ticker is also news that many have claimed foreseeable. That news is none other than the smoke screen daily talks between many teams and the Minnesota Timberwolves, who currently have the best power forward in the game on their roster.
Kevin Love was once known for his jaw dropping outlet pass, now he is a double-double machine who is on the top of everyone’s most wanted list. His days in Minnesota seem to be all but numbered as they have failed to make the playoffs in his career. They haven’t acquired any help that would make Love want to stay on the team. Sure, the drafting of Zach LaVine, a high flyer who showed out in Las Vegas, could be promising, but Love is looking for stability.
Love has never smelled the scent of the playoffs, something his Team USA gold winning teammates talked about frequently. Love couldn’t join those talks, but could soon join one of the premier players from that team. LeBron James is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the only team that seems to be a landing spot for Love. James wants Love in Cleveland, and it seems like it is just a matter of days until the King gets what he wants.
There has been a handshake agreement with the Cavaliers, Timberwolves and a third team in the Philadelphia 76ers that will make this trade finally official. The trade cannot happen until the 23rd of the month, which will mark the 30th day rookie Andrew Wiggins will be under contract. The question is however, is this really the best deal for the Timberwolves?
The Timberwolves have better immediate help offered by virtue of other deals from the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors. While the Warriors are reluctant to include sharpshooter Klay Thompson in a deal, and a Bulls deal seems to be a distant third option, the Cavs seem poised to pull the trigger.
The Timberwolves are completely buying into the Andrew Wiggins hype, the extremely athletic wingman who has a ceiling higher than the Sistine Chapel. Wiggins could very well live past the hype that surrounds him. A Wiggins and LaVine backcourt could be a very good one for years to come. The key word is could however, as no rookie is a sure thing once they transition into the NBA.
The Timberwolves would also acquire Sixers forward Thad Young, who would essentially replace Love at the forward position. One could say his numbers were inflated due to the horrendous year that the Sixers had, but a starting forward is needed as Love leaves for LeBron. The Timberwolves are not in the win now mentality, so it makes sense that they take potential talent over proven players in any other deal.
As the days get closer and closer to the 23rd, we will see just how fast this handshake deal will become an official trade. Until then, teams may make a late push to try and pry open the handshake agreement in an attempt to land Love on a different roster other than the Cavaliers.