By Walton Yeboah-Amoako @WaltYeboah on August 11, 2014
By now, every NBA fan knows that Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves will be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins on Aug. 23. While that may be good news for some, you can probably bet that there are some NBA players out there who just hate this trade. Here is my shortlist of those players.
Ricky Rubio had to play second fiddle to Kevin Love for three years in Minnesota and now when it finally looks like the team could be his, Andrew Wiggins steps in to steal the show. This offseason, Rubio has gained speedy teammates to play on the wings in transition, but it most certainly looks like he'll never be a superstar; at least not in Minnesota.
Paul Pierce is now on his third team in three years as he continues his quest to crack the LeBron code. Unfortunately, Minnesota didn't do him any favors with the impending Kevin Love trade and you can bet that Pierce will throw in his two cents about the whole ordeal whenever the next media mic is put to his mouth.
Joakim Noah and the whole entire Chicago Bulls team have made it known that they are not LeBron's biggest fans and I'm sure that the Kevin Love trade has Noah fuming. Last month, Noah told the media that his sole motivation is to beat LeBron and now it's going to be a lot harder to do that with an All-Star like Kevin Love by his side. However, I'm sure that Noah and Chicago are relishing the chance to beat the best when they're at their best.
Recently, Andrew Wiggins told his Kansas coach Bill Self that he wanted to be traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves because there's less pressure so they'll be a lot more patient than Cleveland. Statements like this shows you how young this kid is because in Minnesota, they'll expect him to play the savior role and develop into the next Kobe or bust. If he's the latter, he'll curse the names of LeBron James and Kevin Love until his career ends.
Not Paul, not Howard, not James, not Anthony, not Lowry, not Stephenson, not Bosh, not Gasol and now, not even Love. It looks like Kobe Bryant's Lakers are no longer the destination team for marquee free agents. Kobe's no fool, he knows that his team can't make the playoffs in the West without real star power, but maybe he is a fool because he accepted an albatross contract. Kevin Love to Cleveland solidified Kobe's fate. It's over, Lakers fans.
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