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Report: Cavaliers and Timberwolves have agreed on Kevin Love trade

Aug 4, 2014, 8:29 PM EDT

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The Cavaliers and Timberwolves have either agreed to a Kevin Love trade, or they’ve gone out of their way to convince everyone they have.

If it walks like a trade agreement and quacks like a trade agreement, it’s a trade agreement – especially when a credible reporter says it’s a duck.

Brian Windhorst on ESPN Radio:

The deal is done but not done. The teams have agreed, but they can’t say they have agreed and they can’t agree, because we’re in this weird moratorium period because you can’t trade Andrew Wiggins until the 23rd of this month.

So, between now and then – which is, what, 19 days – could some of that happen? Could a team come in with a trade that maybe Minnesota doesn’t see? Yes, it could happen. So therefore it is not done.

But essentially, before the papers have been signed, there is this handshake agreement that Kevin Love to the Cavs, Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves, and I believe Thaddeus Young will end up in Minnesota either as part of a separate deal or as part of a three-way deal. Possibly, Anthony Bennett, who’s on the Cavs right now could get re-routed to Philadelphia in part of a deal for Thaddeus Young. There will be draft picks involved.

But essentially what you need to know if you’re an NBA fan, Kevin Love is going to be on the Cavs barring anything unforeseen, and and Andrew Wiggins, No. 1 overall pick, is going to be on Minnesota.

The details of this agreement are murky.

Have the Timberwolves and Cavaliers agreed to make a trade as soon as Wiggins is eligible to be moved? Or have they agreed this framework would be satisfactory as long as nothing better comes up?

In other words, would Minnesota be reneging on its agreement if it backed out?

The distinction likely doesn’t matter. I can’t imagine the Timberwolves getting better return than a Wiggins-centered deal.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Minnesota has committed to a trade but has the option to include a third team as long as Cleveland’s side of the deal remains unchanged. That gives the Timberwolves time to negotiate with Philadelphia over specifics, though it’s possible that part of the deal is also agreed upon.

Increasingly, it seems the biggest – and maybe only – reason this trade has not yet occurred is the restriction on trading Wiggins. Soon, that will end and Love will join LeBron James in Cleveland.

101 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. seasickcecil - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Actually his preferred number is 22. He couldn’t get that in Cleveland because it belonged to Larry Nance and is retired.

  2. edwardsro - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Kobe and MJ didn’t have to move around the league to try and find the best place to team up with stars to win a title. Lebron is such a fake MJ

    • skoivu10 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:37 AM

      No Kobe just had to have a western conference final rigged for him to win a ring right? yeah, great comparison, bro

      • fiyeaglesfiy - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        I guess that happened 5 times, huh? Go back to watching hockey…

    • dwrek5 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      Instead Kobe is just taking up cap space so Lakers can avoid competing.

    • 1historian - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      That’s because Kobe and MJ had GMs who knew how to build a team around them. Lebron didn’t have that at Cleveland the first time. And look at Love in Minny – 6 years there and they still haven’t built a good team there so he wants to leave. Nothing wrong with that.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      yeah it must have been tough for them to win with phil jackson, scottie Pippen, and Shaq etc. It’s lebrons fault he got drafted to the cavs and had to make them good all by himself on a horrible roster. wow he is such a loser

  3. sdlakerfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Minny might be fun to watch with Ricky Rubio throwing lobs to Zach Levine and Andrew Wiggins.

  4. muathjam21 - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:16 AM


    The Wolves will be getting Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young and a pick (+ fillers).

    But what happens if Golden State comes in with a change of heart and offers up Klay Thompson, David Leeand a pick?

    Wolves would still, most likely, take Wiggins, but I’m sure there would be debate.

    • 6thsense10 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      It sounds like there is already a deal in place and the only thing preventing the deal from being finalized is the 30 day no trade after signing a contract rule for Wiggins.

      Since these teams may have to deal with each other in the future I doubt the Wolves would want to ruin their reputation with the Cavs or the entire league by backing away from a deal they’ve already agreed to.

      • brento1499 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        There was also a deal in place to send Lin to Philadelphia. If Golden State or Chicago offer something better than what Cleveland is willing to send, then Minnesota will take their offer, simple as that.

      • 6thsense10 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM


        Actually it is not as simple as that. From all that’s being reported this has moved further along than simple negotiations to an everything has been agreed to deal. Most NBA negotiations teams leave themselves an out I don’t think that was done at this point for this negotiation.

  5. Chris - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    Phillie are going to go from absolute crap to becoming an elite team within 3 years if their 2 injured guys can bounce back, Bennett becomes a star. I know it’s Pre season but he looked great and Williams running the point. If they all develop that’s a championship team there.

  6. mungman69 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    And Philly gets Bennett? Last year they won 19 and this year? 18?

    • brento1499 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      So? Long term it’s actually beneficial to win fewer games this season. First of all, Thad has reportedly told management that he doesn’t want to play here and he won’t opt in after this season, so it’s worth moving him instead of losing him for nothing. Secondly with or without Bennett, this team has quite a bit of young talent to go along with a potential lottery pick in ’15 as well as a first rounder they may or may not pick up for eating salaries in this deal. This season will also be hard to watch (although Noel and Bennett would make it easier) but it’s a means to an end.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Philadelphia has officially protested against any attempt to change the lottery system.

      They’re intentionally tanking. They saw how sucking for 3+ years allowed the Thunder to draft Durant, Westbrook, and Harden in the top-5, and they’ve decided to mimic that.

      So yeah – based on how they’re building their roster, winning fewer than 25 games is a success for them.

    • 76ersdoubletank - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Hopefully they don’t win any games. I’m totally fine with that this year as well. “O for Okafor”

      • brento1499 - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        If they don’t win a single game it means noel is a bust and mcw’s rookie season was a complete fluke which would set the franchise back a lot

      • psubeerman21 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        They are going to be better this year than people think. Noel is going to be a good player. Getting Bennet for Young is gravy. Not sure how he will fit in if/when Embiid comes back.

  7. chicago240 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Not hearing much from a money standpoint. How does Cleveland keep LeBron, Irving, and Love past this next year? Does it add up?

    • gpatrick15 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Teams can go over the cap to re-sign their own players. That’s why it’s so important for them to trade for Kevin Love now; they cannot pay him in free agency because they wouldn’t have his Bird rights.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

        Agreed with this.

        Adding to the bench will be really tough going forward, but by owning the “Bird Rights” of Irving and especially Love, the Cavs will be able to keep them indefinitely.

      • psubeerman21 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Not neccessarily true. They would have to move Thompson and Bennet to clear around 12 million off the books. Depending what the cap would be, they could offer him close to a max. Not much left over after that besides MLE’s, but they could do it. But you are right, it is easier this way

  8. sixerstrong - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Not crazy about Bennet, but I heard fairly good things about his summer league performance. One thing I know for sure is that Hinkie is not walking away from that table without a draft pick or two.

  9. phillysports1 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Wiggins wants to play in Philly. Not Cleveland or Minnesota.

    • felser - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      He has no say on where he will play as a first contract player.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Correct. Also, the pre-draft rumor was that Philly really wanted Wiggins, not that Wiggins wanted Philly.

        As long as Philly remains in blatant tank-mode, it’s not a coveted destination.

      • eventhorizon04 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        Players want to win games.

        There’s a reason why Thad Young has said he wants to be traded, even though Philly is a big market.

        Being in a big market doesn’t mean much if your team is terrible, and fans lose interest.

  10. seasickcecil - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Based on this Dion Waiters isn’t going anywhere.

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