This morning the news hit the wire, the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to trade Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a 2015 first round draft pick. Since Wiggins can’t be traded until August 23rd, 30 days after he signed his rookie deal, it leaves one to ask what this news means? The answer is absolutely nothing.
First, this exact deal has already been in the news from multiple sources. In fact, in one of my previous articles about possible Minnesota Timberwolves trades, I discuss how I thought this exact deal was the best of all the rumored options. While I am glad to see the rumored trade get confirmed as on the table, no team is bound by the ‘handshake’ agreement they have going.
The important thing to remember is that both teams can walk away from this deal. Nothing has actually transpired, instead the reports coming in are just about a deal that is lined up, but if another team came in with another offer, I wouldn’t be surprised if Flip Saunders, the part-owner/general manager/head coach of the Timberwolves goes with another deal he thinks give the Timberwolves a better chance to be competitive this year.
That said, I hope this trade goes through. I think Wiggins will be a great addition to the Timberwolves, plus even if he isn’t as good as advertised, it will still be great to see him and Timberwolves first round pick Zach Lavine dunk all over opposing teams, as Wiggins’ leaping ability definitely isn’t exaggerated as you can see in the picture below.
In addition to getting Wiggins, through this trade the Timberwolves would also get good value for Love by getting Bennett and a 1st round pick. The first round pick for 2015 is nice, but it will probably be a very late pick in the first round as a team with Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving is bound to win a good amount of games, especially in the much weaker Eastern conference where a losing record can get a team into the playoffs.
Bennett to me is the interesting piece to this deal. Wiggins or no Love seemed to be the mantra for Flip so I am not surprised that Wiggins is part of the deal. However with Bennett, there has been a lot of talk of the Timberwolves getting Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers, so I am pleasantly surprised that Bennett is part of the supposed deal. Bennett has lost a lot of weight and looked much better in the NBA summer league than he did at any point during his rookie season, so I think that he will definitely improve this season. It would be a lot of fun to watch him develop with Wiggins and Lavine in Minnesota.
Again, August 23rd is when the 30 day mark is met on Wiggins’ contract, so that will most likely be the day that we find out if this trade is real or just whispers in the wind. I for one will be hoping that this deal happens, I don’t think another team can beat this offer, in fact the only way this trade gets better for the Timberwolves is if they somehow include J.J. Barea and his sizable contract in the deal.