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Minnesota, Cleveland aquariums trade Kevin Love. The octopus name.

Aug 26, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

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Now the Kevin Love trade is complete.

Sure, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers (and Philadelphia 76ers) officially pulled the trigger on the Love for Andrew Wiggins swap on Saturday. But there was one little detail that the teams failed to consider.

K-Love the octopus.

He has resided in the SEA LIFE Minnesota at Mall of America Aquarium for years, but with the larger, lesser-armed Love gone that seemed a bit awkward now. So they are trading the name to Cleveland. Seriously. Here is the press release from Sea Life Minnesota (via Mr. Aquarium Matt Moore of CBS’ eye on Basketball).

The memories Kevin Love has given the Timberwolves will stay in Minnesota, and the octopus will be staying at SEA LIFE Minnesota as well. The K-Love name, however, will be traded to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium to be used for their giant pacific octopus.

Trading K-Love naming rights will give SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium a fresh new start and naming flexibility in the future for its young octopus. In return for the trade, the Greater Cleveland Aquarium will be giving SEA LIFE Minnesota the rights to its Octopus name, Ocho. SEA LIFE Minnesota will most likely drop Ocho for a new name soon that will match Andrew Wiggins, the key piece in the trade.

Both Aquariums see this as a win-win. I guess. All aquariums try to spin trades that way.

You’d think the Cleveland Aquarium might want to name another sea creature after LeBron James — because unlike LeBron no fish can opt out of the Aquarium next summer. Same with K-Love I suppose, although the odds of either NBA player leaving town are only slightly higher than any Aquarium sea creatures.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    I am impressed. PBT digs deep for Cavaliers/LeBron/Love stories. But…. at least this is pretty funny. And you guys somehow found relevant art.

  2. maf586 - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    This story will get flak, but I enjoyed it 👍

  3. seasickcecil - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    I’m glad the actual octopuses (octupii?) weren’t swapped. For Cleveland to take on an older octopus who really hasn’t proven anything versus a young potential star octopus is ludicrous and could set our aquarium back for years to come. Thankfully we now have a window of success that will last for 8 years and keep Cleveland in tourism title contention long term versus any quick fix.

    • therealhtj - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      8 years? Tourism? Man, nice to know that while Lebron left you once, the delusion never did.

      • mrderektaylor - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Really? You Suck

  4. seasickcecil - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    I don’t know, turns out that other Octopus isn’t really that old, and while he hasn’t really “proven” anything, he has been to the Octopus all star game 3 years in a row. The so called potential star Octopus has yet to ever set tentacle into an aquarium before. I’d make that trade.

  5. cheeks9441 - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    “Not five arms, not six, not seven……”

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Well done cheeks, well done.

  6. seasickcecil - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    “8 years? Tourism? Man, nice to know that while Lebron left you once, the delusion never did.” The posts were a joke you tiny brained fool.

  7. charlescub80 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Anyone implying love isn’t a great basketball player is a fool. It’s like saying Charles Barkley wasn’t great because he didn’t win. Smh

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:36 PM


      Look to your left and to your right around here…

      Fools galore…

      • cheeks9441 - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Ironically, “look to your left and to your right – fools galore” was how Love and Barkley felt for most of their careers

  8. spyder9669 - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    The story actually says that Minnesota has the young octopus. So Clevelands aquarium would not have been set back years.

  9. 00maltliquor - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Somehow this article neglects to chronicle how the octopus feels about all this.

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