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Timberwolves set record for ticket sales after trading Kevin Love to Cavaliers

Aug 31, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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The Timberwolves traded their best player and face of the franchise to the Cavaliers, and fans couldn’t be more excited about their prospects for the upcoming season.

Wait, what?

It’s true. Kevin Love may be gone, but the haul that Minnesota received in return — which included the last two number one overall picts in the draft, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett — has sparked a renewed level of local interest.

From Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press:

After completing the long-rumored trade that sent Love to the Cavaliers and brought Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to Minnesota, the Timberwolves have sold more than 300 full season-ticket packages in the last week.

That beats the previous record in 2011 that was set when Ricky Rubio announced that he was coming over from Spain to play for the team.

“The organization, from president-level on down has just been re-energized,” Timberwolves senior vice president and chief revenue officer Ryan Tanke said. “Part of it is hope, and you have this great new hope.

“But then there’s also the reality, which is it was a long, tough summer. For it to come to the head that it came to and have it be the outcome that we had, I think it creates this perfect storm environment for us.”

In some ways, this new beginning in Minnesota is more interesting than if the team had simply proceeded with the status quo.

Free agents don’t come willingly to a team like the Timberwolves, who play in a small market and deal with atrocious winter weather that is among the country’s worst. The only way to get an influx of top talent for a franchise in this situation is to land it through the draft or in trade, and while legitimate players like Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and now Thad Young are in place, the young talent around them, which includes Zach LaVine, should help make for a very entertaining roster.

It’s an exciting time, despite the loss of Love. And fans are signing up to pay to see how it develops in record numbers.

  1. worldbfree4me - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM


  2. vikesdynasty - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Fans are happy because that whiny girl Love is out of town

  3. nicktomfrank - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    I think this trade is a huge win for both the Cavs and Wolves. Both teams benefit from the Sixers violating the unwritten rule of pretending you’re trying to win games.

    Love made up his mind about moving on long before Flip had a chance to get in his ear. Sanders couldn’t have done any better in this situation. Proven talent in Young, a guy with a ridiculous ceiling, and big fat Anthony Bennett.

    LeBron should win GM of the year by a landslide.

  4. campcouch - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    It’s sad that they didn’t support the team beforehand. Hopefully they maintain this even as the team develops. And to say free agents don’t come willingly isn’t true. The big names may not, but lots of excellent players have played in Minnesota. Fact is big name FAs don’t show up in a lot of cities, at least ones that aren’t at the end collecting a check, and that includes a lot of large market teams. I’m scrubbing my brain to recall when the last superstar signed as a free agent in Boston, for the LA Lakers, Clippers, Knicks. I want to include Chicago, but they did sign Pau, but even he’s on the downslope of his career. Houston, Miami and Cleveland are the only ones that come to mind in recent memory, everyone else was drafted or traded for. Anyways, I hope the fans stick with this team and appreciate having one.

  5. bigd7387 - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    I don’t think there is a downside for either team in the deal. Cavs get a player who can help them win now, Love couldn’t play defense because Love was the Wolves Offense so the knock on him is unfair, and Wiggins is a player who may be good, his issues are that he needs to develop an NBA body frame and is going from 36 games a year to 82 minimum. So in a couple years I think Wiggins body will fill out and his stamina but it’s not a win now with him. The only bad deal in the trade is Bennett. While he can play he isn’t and won’t be a star. He also has bad self control and he will put the weight back on. As a Cavs fan I watched him at times just stand as everyone else was going up and down the court. His biggest obstacle is him so that’s why I say I can’t see him being a star because he holds himself back. Otherwise I see the trade as more a Wiggins for Love trade and Wolves get a number 1 pick next year. No loser’s in this deal other than 76er’s fans and hopefully their team fans quit paying money to a team who has a really poor plan to win.

  6. bigmeechy74 - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    It sucks all these cool young teams like minnesota and new orleans are in the west. I wish the league was more balanced. The east sucks

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Especially New Yawk.

  7. metalhead65 - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    guess they do not mind forking over good money to watch the team lose.

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      Kinda like Cincinnati Reds fans.

  8. daveshingle - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    I’ve been supporting this team for years. Always kind of wanted season tickets but went out and bought a 10 game flex pack this year because even if it make them worse I am very excitted to see some of these guys play.

  9. saint1997 - Sep 1, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    This could be a mad roster. With Rubio dishing the rock to the uber athletic potential superstar 2 way tandem of LaVine and Wiggins it’ll be a highlight reel all year. Throw in Bennett and his stretch 4 potential and the development of Dieng? Lots of fun

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      I think people overestimate what LaVine is going to bring this year. He could be good, but has some bad habits to break, he goes AAU all too often.

      • saint1997 - Sep 7, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        Yeah that’s true, and you did get to see him in Vegas right? Still he has the confidence and work ethic of a player who will make it work – plus this is more about the potential that this roster possesses than the production this season.

  10. mungman69 - Sep 1, 2014 at 5:24 AM

    I feel good for Twolves fans. Maybe they have something there but it’ll take a couple of years and some luck to be great.

  11. sorefeetmt - Sep 1, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    What the hell else are you going to do except shovel snow?

    • jollyjoker2 - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      I sit on the lake and Ice fish…I just wonder what folks do in Oklahoma or some other forsaken city like Detroit or Boston.

  12. whodat82 - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    In every way, this new beginning in Minnesota is more interesting than if the team had simply proceeded with the status quo.

  13. whodat82 - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    In every way, this new beginning in Minnesota is more interesting than if the team had simply proceeded with the status quo.

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