By Walton Yeboah-Amoako @WaltYeboah on August 7, 2014
According to a recent report from Yahoo Sports, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves has agreed in principle to be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick. This trade will have a major impact on the NBA's landscape and here are five reasons that highlight the ensuing changes.
Minnesota is losing Kevin Love, but they are pairing Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett with high flyers Glenn Robinson III and Zach LaVine. Wiggins, Robinson III and LaVine already had an impromptu dunk-off at a recent rookie photo shoot and it was pretty impressive. The Western Conference may have lost a star in Kevin Love, but they've gained a lot more potential, athleticism and excitement with Wiggins and co. being all on the same team.
The Eastern Conference was extremely weak last year, but the Cavaliers still couldn't make it to the playoffs. All of that has changed now with the two key additions of LeBron James and Kevin Love. Not only are they a playoff team, the Cavs are also legitimate title contenders. Kevin Love immediately puts Cleveland over the top and finally, there is another NBA team in the East for fans to talk about outside of Chicago and Miami.
This Big 3 (pictured) is pretty scary, but replace Kevin Durant with LeBron James and it gets even scarier. By joining the Cavaliers this offseason, James ultimately swapped out Dwyane Wade for Kyrie Irving and Chris Bosh for Kevin Love. The NBA's new CBA was constructed to try to stop "Big 3s" from being formed, but those plans have been foiled and I'm sure that nobody is happier about this right now than Kevin Love.
Even though a new Big 3 will be been formed, the NBA still has many reasons to smile. The new CBA was also drawn up to encourage young stars to stay with their current teams by giving them the option to make more money if they re-sign with their teams. Kyrie Irving made use of this and Wiggins can do likewise when/if his time comes. The Cavs and the Wolves are in small markets, but they've scored big with their youth; it's a win-win for everyone.
The Cleveland Sports Curse has lingered for 40 years now and the only major sports franchise in town that threatens to eradicate the curse sometime in the near future is the Cleveland Cavaliers. King James is back and he's brought along super reinforcements highlighted by the impending Kevin Love trade. How long must Northeast Ohioans suffer under the curse? Hopefully, not much longer and they might even get a bit greedy as the years pass.
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