The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to trade their best player Kevin Love. It is not a case of it, but a case of when they will send their superstar power forward on the way. ESPN reported on Thursday that the trade will likely come down to sending Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers to join up with LeBron James.
When James left the Miami Heat, the thought was that Miami would continue to contend for the postseason since they still maintained the rest of the team that went to four straight NBA Finals, but that James would struggle as he returned home to a Cleveland team that has struggled since he left four years ago. However, if the Cavaliers add Love, they could suddenly become a very dangerous team.
The Heat were great because they had James at small forward, Chris Bosh at power forward and Dwyane Wade at guard. If the Cavaliers pull off this trade with the Timberwolves, they will give up their top draft pick from 2014 in Andrew Wiggins. That will leave Cleveland with James at small forward, Kevin Love at power forward and Kyrie Irving at guard. Honestly, that is an even better big three than Miami had when they went to the NBA Finals last season.
Cleveland could immediately become a major contender for the NBA Championship in just one season by adding James and Love to the mix. Minnesota will come out well also, giving up their veteran leader but gaining the top overall pick in Wiggins and probably last year’s top pick Anthony Bennett. A future first-round draft pick could also be in the cards, making the Timberwolves very young and in a very good place for their future.
The other contenders for Love have cooled off recently. The Chicago Bulls were angling for him, but when they picked up Pau Gasol, they didn’t really need Love anymore. With the Bulls out of the picture, only Cleveland seems to be a serious buyer for the all-star and could immediately turn heads if this trade is executed.