So now that the actual details of the trade that will make the Cleveland Cavaliers a powerhouse in 2014-15 has been revealed, I think it’s fitting to look at what the Minnesota Timberwolves will get out of this deal.
The deal in question will send the Timberwolves’ disgruntled star, Kevin Love, to Cleveland to team up with King James. In return, Minnesota will get back Andrew Wiggins, a player they have long coveted, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young from the pitiful Philadelphia 76ers.
Now, some will look at this trade and wonder how will this help out the Timberwolves. But in reality, this trade really benefits Minnesota. Wiggins is, of course, the prize here, and he will develop into a top-tier star in the NBA in the next three years. Wiggins will bring excitement back to the Target Center, and Timberwolves fans should be counting their blessings to have him.
Minnesota’s roster overall will benefit from this trade. Bennett could develop into a reliable NBA forward, and Young has already proven himself to be a capable scorer. Add those two to a line up with Wiggins, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin, and you have the makings of a young team that could be one of the most exciting teams to watch next season.
Now, I’m not saying they will be playoff contenders, because they’re not. But they will certainly sell tickets, and if you are an NBA fan, you have to love the line-up that Flip Saunders has put together. Yes, they still need to remove a few players and add reliable depth to compete with the big boys in the big bad West. But the Timberwolves’ roster is, in my opinion, much improved from years’ past.
And hey, if the Timberwolves are playoff contenders in the next four years, maybe Wiggins will not be demanding a trade to warmer pastures.