The Cavaliers Trade for Kevin Love Is Official
As of today, the image you see above isn't just a clever photoshop job anymore. Nah, it's real. The Cavaliers have officially acquired All-Star power forward Kevin Love, part of a three-way trade that will also send 2014 No. 1 overall Draft pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves. As first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports via Twitter:
What started as the NBA's worst-kept secret became all but a formality once LeBron James announced his return to the Cavaliers — and once he notably snubbed Wiggins from his open letter to Cleveland, proclaiming his excitement. The trade was agreed to in principle weeks ago, but Wiggins couldn't officially be moved until one month after the signing of his rookie contract, a timeline that ended this week. Here are the nuts and bolts of the trade, which also includes the Sixers:
Cavs receive: Kevin Love
Timberwolves receive: Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young, $6.3 million trade exception
Sixers receive: Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved, future first-round pick
Now, armed with a trio that includes the game's best overall player and two fellow All-Stars, the Cavaliers are instantly the favorites to win the 2014-15 NBA Championship. Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love form the best "Big 3" in all of basketball. Meanwhile, the Wolves have added some real pieces, too. Here's what it looks like from Minnesota's end:
This upcoming NBA season figures to be one of the most interesting EVER thanks to the seismic shifts across the league caused by King James. Buckle up.