The Kevin Love trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers has been completed. Now the fantasy basketball impact of this three-team trade can be investigated, as it is going to shape how a lot of drafts work for the 2014-15 NBA season. According to a report from NBA.com on Saturday (Aug. 23), the third team that was brought into the deal was the Philadelphia 76ers. This means the player rotation for the Cavs, 76ers, and Minnesota Timberwolves will shift.
The exact parameters of the deal have the Cavs receiving only Love in return for several other pieces. The 76ers will get a 2015 first-round draft pick from Cleveland (that belonged to Miami) as well as guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from the Timberwolves. The Wolves get No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins and former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett from the Cavs as well as forward Thaddeus Young from the 76ers.
The first impact will be that Bennett and Wiggins will get a lot of additional minutes with the Timberwolves. They could be relied upon to do a lot of scoring, making them fringe players to nab in the mid to later rounds of fantasy basketball drafts. The same can be said for Young, who will likely become the starting small forward in Minnesota. It’s also possible that Shved could see a lot of minutes off the bench for a struggling 76ers roster.
This Kevin Love trade is going to hurt owners in keeper leagues, even if his personal situation has been improved. Last season with the Wolves, he averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. Those are amazing statistics, but they are all going to take a hit with Kyrie Irving and LeBron James on the court with him. Likewise, Irving could take a big hit, but James could see similar numbers due to his situation from last year.