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It’s done: Kevin Love traded to Cavaliers, Andrew Wiggins headed to Minnesota in three-team deal

Aug 23, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

We’ve known this was coming, now the waiting is over.

It didn’t take long on the first day Andrew Wiggins could be traded for the deal to go down — he is headed to Minnesota as part of a three-team trade that forms a super team in Cleveland with Kevin Love joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has the particulars:

Cleveland, Minnesota and Philadelphia have completed NBA trade call, source tells Yahoo. Kevin Love has joined LeBron James with the Cavs.

Minnesota’s Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and Miami’s 2015 first-round pick remains the package to Philadelphia for Thaddeus Young.

With permission of Wolves and NBA, Dan Gilbert and Kevin Love met in Las Vegas during July summer league, sources tell Yahoo Sports.

That’s how long this has been in the works.

Here’s how the trade breaks down:

Cleveland gets: Kevin Love

Minnesota gets: Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young, a trade exception

Philadelphia gets: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved, a 2015 first round pick (Miami’s, top 10 protected).

The obvious winner here is Cleveland, they become an instant title contender. They need to re-sign Love next summer, but it’s hard to see him bolting. It is a lot of new pieces to fit together for coach David Blatt — who is an NBA rookie, but has decades of experience as the head man overseas with great success. And in the case of Love and Irving, neither has a moment of playoff experience. Still, with the additions of Mike Miller and Shawn Marion to go with some solid young players like Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters, the only questions  seem to be ones of exactly when the Cavs can get it together, and whether it will be in time to win them a title in their very first season.

Minnesota does pretty well for itself, about as well as can be expected when being forced to trade a superstar. Sure, it’s rebuilding, but the hardest part of rebuilding is getting the elite star player and Minnesota may have that in Wiggins. Maybe he doesn’t pan out to be super-elite, but he’ll be a quality NBA player to build with and to pair with a young core of Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Zach LaVine, Chase Budinger, and now Young. That’s not a playoff team in the West, but it’s not bad and has a lot of room for potential.

Philadelphia continues its plan of not being good now, but having a lot of picks that could turn into talent that’s NBA-ready in the not-too-distant future. Because the Sixers are in an admitted start-from-scratch rebuild, don’t be shocked if Mbah a Moute and/or Shved get flipped again down the line. As for the pick, they likely get to use it next year because while Miami took a step backward after losing LeBron in free agency, the Heat are still probably a playoff team in the East, and not at all likely to finish the season as one of the league’s bottom 10 teams.

  1. 00maltliquor - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Minnesota made out like bandits.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      TBD. There’s nothing bandit-like about stealing things nobody wants. The only good piece they acquired was Wiggins and if he only turns out to be Andre Igoudala then there are going to be some problems.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:21 AM

        I’ll holler at you in a few years on here. We can revisit this exact comment as I’m serving you an “I told you so” sepina. Lol

        Fact is Minny had no leverage. ZERO. Love chose where he wanted to play basically. For Minnesota to get the last two years #1 overall draft picks, Thad Young AND a 1st round pick next year that will most likely be a mid-1st pick…BANDITS. No matter how you slice it. Even if Wiggy does turn out to only be an Iggy…BANDITS.

        And honestly…I think Minnesota is a better team now then they were a couple days ago, even without Love. Yes.

      • antistratfordian - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:22 AM

        If they were bandits they would’ve had to steal coveted pieces, but Cleveland no longer wanted Bennett and didn’t want Wiggins in the first place.

        Cleveland got the guy they really wanted for a very low price. Minnesota did not get what they wanted. They wanted Klay Thompson.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:21 AM

        Klay Thompson over Andrew Wiggins? FOH!!


      • antistratfordian - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        Only in the way homeless people make out like bandits when they find a half-eaten happy meal in the garbage.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Wait for it…wait for iiit…..

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:32 AM


      • antistratfordian - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        Nah. They could’ve done better if they played their cards right, but they waited until the last minute. It’s better than nothing though.

        Cleveland made a killin’ – a hall of fame caliber player for some scrubs. Wow.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      just like folks have to wait a couple of seasons with draft picks or just to judge a draft as a whole, the same needs to be done with big trades… especially when several of the pieces are very young and/or haven’t even played in the league yet…

      TIME will tell how the Wolves made out… NOT any words said on here today…

      There is this thing called life and reality that pushes its way into what we want, hope for or expect…

      • trevor123698 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:34 AM

        love is injury prone and it will come into play for these cavs. guaranteed.

      • davidly - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:42 AM

        Reality is that the Wolves were going to lose Love. They made out like bandits in several ways. First and foremost, they got way more than anyone else was willing to give them.

    • davidly - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:38 AM

      Big respect for understanding that the Wolves had zero leverage but played the Cavs like their fiddle.

  2. mnjoemama - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Flip is the man ! Not to mention Wiggings grew up in Ontario, similar climate to Mimneapolis so we don’t have our star cry about being cold and missing the west coast . Good ridiance, Ringo will make a great 3rd wheel .Skol wolves

    • campcouch - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      And if Minnesota had signed Love to a 5 year contract like HE wanted, this wouldn’t be a story. Hopefully your “man” or the guy who replaces him doesn’t fumble the ball with this group of players.

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Uh, progress2011, you’re whining about the supposed lack of toughness among NFL players when commenting on an article about lebron’s team/the NBA???
    You may recall someone having a case of the cramps and having his teammates carry him off the floor. Is that how you define toughness?
    Or how about the constant diving (to such a degree that they had to institute fines and rule changes) and crying to refs with the slightest of contact? Is that the toughness you’re looking for?

  4. jhuck92 - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    I said it before, and I’ll say it again:
    It’s amazing how one summer can turn a franchise around. Now let’s see how the bench and coaching staff measure up to the talent of the starting 5.

  5. buffalo65 - Aug 24, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    Gives wiggins a good chance to develop before going tonToronto on a few years.

  6. seasickcecil - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Wolves fans are excited about this?

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