The Cleveland Cavaliers will become the clear favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2014-15 NBA Finals if their agreement to acquire Kevin Love in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves goes through.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the agreement is in principle because the actual trade cannot occur until Aug. 23 due to Andrew Wiggins not being able to be dealt until exactly one month after signing his rookie contract. The trade will send Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a 2015 first-round draft pick to the Timberwolves for Love. The agreement also states that Love will opt out of his contract and sign a five-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cavaliers.
With Kyrie Irving playing point guard and Love dominating the frontcourt, superstar LeBron James will have the necessary pieces in place to lead Cleveland on a legitimate postseason run that should end with a NBA Finals appearance. Even though James stated in his return essay that he believed it would take a couple years to reach the top of the mountain with the Cavaliers, the addition of Love will certainly speed up that process. In fact, if the Cavaliers do not reach the NBA Finals in the depleted Eastern Conference, the 2014-15 season is a major fail.
As far as the Timberwolves are concerned, they are definitely not getting the raw end of the deal. Minnesota had no shot of re-signing Love in free agency as he basically told the organization he would not return. Therefore, getting Wiggins, Bennett and a 2015 first-round pick is very good. Not to mention, pairing up Wiggins with fellow rookie Zach LaVine, who is by far the most athletic player among the 2014-15 rookie class, could mean that success is right around the corner for the Timberwolves.
It will be interesting to see if James, Love and Irving will be able to find the necessary chemistry this upcoming season to make the previous “Big Three” in Miami look like nothing.