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Timberwolves run newspaper ad announcing Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins trade with Cavaliers

Aug 23, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

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The details have been agreed to in principle for some time now on the trade that would send Kevin Love from the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers, in exchange for a package that would include Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett from Cleveland, along with Thaddeus Young coming over as part of the three-team trade from the Sixers.

The deal couldn’t be completed officially until Aug. 23, or 30 days following the signing of Wiggins to his rookie contract. But once the clock hit 12:01 a.m. ET on Saturday, announcing the details would appear to be fair game.

So, that’s what the Timberwolves did.

From John Shipley (via Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders):

“Fierce. Focused. And ready to pounce,” the ad reads. “Meet the next generation of Wolves basketball.”

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not the league sees this as a finable offense, considering that the deal has not yet been formally approved, or officially announced as having been completed.

But either way, Minnesota is clearly excited about the haul it received in exchange for its best player forcing his way out of town, and wanted to share the news just as quickly as the team felt it was appropriate to do so.

  1. arb927 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Sixers really should have made a push for Bledsoe in a Thad young trade… A late first round pick and a guard who might never get his full game together isn’t enough for me

    • blueballzny - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      What the he’ll are you talking about?

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        well, I didn’t write it, but it seems pretty easy to figure out that he’s talking about Thad Young being moved in the Cavs Wolves deal. He wanted the Sixers to go for Bledsoe by offering Thad Young instead of including Young in the deal for Wiggins and Love.

        Not saying I agree with him, but it isn’t difficult to figure out that’s what he was talking about.

    • eventhorizon04 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      It’s amazing that there are still 76’ers fans who haven’t gotten the memo yet.

      The Philadelphia 76’ers want to be very, very bad at basketball this year.
      They’re trying to postpone any changes to the draft lottery system because they’re hoping to get the #1 overall pick.

      Every single one of their moves in the past year has been about getting worse as a basketball team. Trading away Spencer Hawes for draft picks, trading Jrue Holiday for an injured player, drafting an injured player in 2014, trading away Thad Young for a draft pick and a guard, etc.

      They want to be bad, so you need to stop expecting them to make moves that would make them a better team this year.

      • duhwighthoward - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        This year?

        How about until LeBron retires? It seems they are trying to wait out his career.

  2. coltzfan166 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Timberwolves are definitely getting a good deal

    • antistratfordian - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      well it’s better than nothing.

  3. fanofthegame79 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    I’m curious when the trade will be officially announced. They were able to “make the trade” at 12:01 am EST, and it’s now close to 11:30 am EST. I’m surprised it’s taking them this long considering they’ve had the deal done for 3+ weeks.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      It’s like how an NFL team with the #1 pick has all summer to decide on who they want to take and then on draft night they use up the full 15 minutes anyway just to be a d—

      • fanofthegame79 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        That’s exactly it!!

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        that’s what you really think?

        most times, the teams know who they want but the other teams wait until then to really get active and offer trades so the team with the #1 pick should wait almost the full 15 min’s to see if someone calls them and offers up something they can’t say no to…

        a LOT of trades happen DURING the NFL draft WHILE teams are on the clock…

        As a G.M. of a team, you’d be an idiot to not wait and see if some dumb team offers you a lot for your pick…

        you slam that window shut if you sprint and make your choice in the first minute you’re able to…

        you lose nothing by waiting til the end of your time to select… but you could lose a lot by making your choice right away…

      • ProBasketballPundit - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        @sportsfan18 And when was the last time an NFL #1 overall pick was traded?

  4. seasickcecil - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    the three teams are expected to announce the trade Saturday, following a conference call with the NBA office. The league office is typically closed on Saturdays, but an exception could be made to finalize the trade — on hold since Wiggins signed his rookie contract nearly 30 days ago

  5. 2016olympics - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Does anyone else find it odd that Ricky Rubio isn’t included in the “next generation of Wolves basketball”?

    • zoomy123 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      No, the ad wasn’t for the whole team. Just for newly acquired players.

      • 2016olympics - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        They should have included Glenn Robinson III.

  6. pukpokito - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    So sick and tired of this trade to be..Just announce the trade already.Dragged and overcooked. Kills the enthusiasm of this all.

  7. ecnuob51 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    I didn’t think the nuggets Carmelo trade could be topped but this could do it.

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      In what sense?

      • bkbell3 - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        Duh, i’m with you, I’m a knick fan and am tired of hearing how the knicks gave up to much. Felton was traded to portland and then went back to the knicks. Wilson chandler who i like went to china then came back at the end of the year and has been hurt on and off. Mozgof just got off the bench this year after they traded kostas and their other center got hurt. Galinari was supposed to be the big piece but he was always hurt with the knicks and has missed most of the last 2 years in denver and was always dinged up. So they gave away what would of been a late first round pick if statt had stayed healthy to pair with melo.

  8. seasickcecil - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    I guess it comes down to Bennet who’s talent is questionable or the 1st round pick which is Miami’s and probably won’t be in the lottery.

  9. seasickcecil - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    @SamAmicoFSO: Andrew Wiggins’ reps have already been lining up local endorsement deals in MN. You may see him at Minneapolis car dealership near you soon.

  10. eventhorizon04 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    I think the Timberwolves should be able to avoid punishment because the ad only ran after the mandatory 30 day wait period for Wiggins ended.

    While the team technically could have waited until after the NBA formally approved this trade, it’s not a situation where they’re providing “hard evidence” of a deal being made before the mandatory wait period for Wiggins ended. That’s why they ran the ad today instead of yesterday or last week – it’s “legal” for them to make an agreement now.

  11. lakerade - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Basketball reasons!!!

  12. seasickcecil - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    @SamAmicoFSO: Cavs, TWolves and Sixers finalizing Kevin Love trade via conference call with NBA office right now, according to CBS Sports.

  13. seasickcecil - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

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

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