A Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers trade has been in the works for some time, and it finally appears the pieces have fallen into place for a deal to be struck.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a deal that will send Love to Cleveland in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a 2015 protected first-round draft pick. However, the deal cannot be completed until Aug. 23 because Wiggins recently signed his rookie deal.
When the trade is completed, it will be a win-win move for both teams.
Minnesota fans should be happy as Flip Saunders, who seemed to be waiting on the Golden State Warriors making Klay Thompson available, took this deal instead. Thompson will be a free agent next offseason, while Wiggins is locked up long-term with a very affordable contract. Wiggins has the potential to be the cornerstone of the franchise for the foreseeable future, and he is a player who the Timberwolves can certainly build around.
With the deal, the Timberwolves can finally stop delaying the inevitable and go into full rebuild mode. Although Saunders is the head coach of Minnesota and his employment is extremely important, the Timberwolves would be smart to find some more young talent through trades. In a daunting Western Conference, loading up on young assets and draft picks may be the only way Minnesota can become formidable again.
The organization has to admit to this, however, which may make that option unlikely.
For the Cavaliers, the report also states that Love has committed to a long-term contract extension. This means that Cleveland will most likely have Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Love for the next five years. The Cavaliers also have solid pieces in Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, making Cleveland the favorites in the Eastern Conference for years to come.
Cleveland will need to look for a shot-blocking big man to play alongside Love at times, as his strengths do not lie on that end of the floor. Still, his 3-point shooting, passing and rebounding making him a scary thought for the rest of the league when paired alongside James and Irving.
Overall, this trade is a win for both sides, especially if Minnesota accepts the notion of a full-on rebuild. For the Cavaliers, the organization finally acquired the star they so desperately coveted, even if it meant giving up the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.