MANILA, Philippines – The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed in principle to a deal centered around NBA All-Star Kevin Love, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
According to Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers will acquire Love – who will also agree to sign a five-year, $120-million contract extension with his new team – in exchange for 2014 NBA Draft no. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 NBA Draft no. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a protected first-round pick in 2015.
The deal cannot be made official until August 23 (August 24 PH time), when the 30-day no-trade clause in Wiggins’ rookie contract has come to an end.
In Cleveland, Love will join four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to form one of the most dynamic trios in the NBA today. Last season, Love averaged 26 PPG and 12.5 RPG, establishing himself as one of the best power forwards in the league today.
Minnesota, in turn, receives a rookie in Wiggins with a lot of promise and Bennett, who despite having a forgettable rookie campaign in 2013-2014, still has the potential to be a useful product in the NBA.
Wojnarowski also reports that the Timberwolves are not done shopping their players, as team GM Flip Saunders still has hopes of unloading the hefty contracts of J.J Barea, Alexey Shved, and Luc Mbah a Moute. – Rappler.com