The Cleveland Cavaliers have offered a trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star power forward, Kevin Love. In exchange for Love, Minnesota is receiving Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the propose trade. The Timberwolves also claim Cleveland’s projected 2015 first-round draft pick in next year’s NBA Draft. Love has agreed to opt out of his contract in 2015, and re-sign with the Cavs for a five-year contract worth $120 million. Love will not officially sign with the Cavs until August 23, which is when Andrew Wiggins will be eligible for a trade. As a rookie, Wiggins is required to wait at least one month after signing his rookie contract in order to be eligible to become traded.
With Indiana Pacers’ Paul George being out for this entire season and Derrick Rose remarkably exploding back into his return in Chicago, the Eastern Conference has become a competitive playing field off the court. Last month, the Cleveland Cavaliers were quick to jump on the opportunity to bring LeBron James home, but they responded even quicker when they saw the chance to bring in the Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star. Kevin Love responded to this by agreeing to opt out of his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves and sign a new one with Cleveland.
The Cavaliers initially became interested in Kevin Love after rumors circulating throughout the league that the Chicago Bulls may have been interested in the Timberwolves’ power forward. The Cavs have struggled to create a playoff team over the years, whereas the Bulls have successfully recruited key players onto their team. The Cavs saw that the Bulls were considering to bring Love in, and knew that this would create an almost unstoppable Bulls roster. Derrick Rose has proved his comeback in the most recent Team USA exhibition game, which only adds on to the already successful team chemistry that the Bulls have. Knowing this, the Cavaliers immediately jumped on this opportunity before it was too late to claim him for their own. The right calls worked in their favor.
The city of Cleveland expected that LeBron coming home would create a powerful Cavalier roster under his leadership. LeBron James already set high standards for the Cavaliers, but with both LeBron and Love together, the combination of their talent could bring a championship to Cleveland. James, undoubtedly, has been successful in Miami. Kevin Love had a noticeably career peak in the 2013-2014 season playing for the Timberwolves and was arguably his best season yet. He made 143 three-pointers last year and broke the Timberwolves record of most three-pointers in a season. Love also broke an overall NBA record. He was the first player to score 2,000 points, picked up 900 rebounds and scored over 100 three-pointers in just one season.
With Kevin Love agreeing to join LeBron in Cleveland, this leaves the Cavs with a powerful potential starting line-up. In addition to Love and LeBron, the starting line-up could most likely consist of Dion Waiters, Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejão. These five players could potentially create an explosive team chemistry and be successful offensively. The Eastern Conference and the entire NBA could see a dramatic change in Cleveland and will ultimately see competitive match-ups all year. This year could be the start to a new “Big Three” era for the Cavaliers.
Commentary by Tricia Manalansan