Earlier this week the Cleveland Cavaliers introduced forward Kevin Love whom they acquired in a three-team trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers. While this trade was a surprise to no one as it was talked about for over a month, the fact the former Minnesota superstar joins LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and a plethora of other NBA stars immediately increases the already high expectations of the squad.
View the official Cleveland Cavaliers press release here.
There is chatter throughout Cleveland that the price paid for Love was far too high. This year’s top pick Andrew Wiggins and last year’s top pick Anthony Bennett as well as a first round draft pick for a one-year rental is absurd according to some arguments.
Would the Cleveland brass make such an outlandish deal if they did not believe Love would re-sign when his contract expires at the end of the season? The answer is an obvious yes, however, to have an agreement with a player while he is still under contract with another team is just a tad bit against the rules.
Thankfully in his press conference on Tuesday, August 26, Love all but guaranteed he was committed to the team for the long haul.
The question remains if the loss of a top-prospect for love is worth while?
While there is no doubt Wiggins is talented, there is no evidence he will excel in the NBA game. Love has already proven himself to be an NBA powerhouse and is only 25 years of age. There is plenty of high-level basketball left in his tank.
For Clevelanders, including myself, we are so used to “building” that it is hard to grasp a “win-now” type of transaction. The deal for Kevin Love was just that--another piece to win now.