The worst kept secret in the NBA has finally been revealed, Kevin Love will be a Cleveland Cavalier next season. The Cavaliers and Timberwolves agreed on a trade that would send Love to Cleveland in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a 2015 1st round draft pick.
I absolutely love this trade. It is a great move for both sides. If I was Cleveland I would do this trade in a heartbeat, and I would do the same if I was Minnesota. Kevin Love wasn’t staying with the Timberwolves, so to get Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a 1st round pick is a great move.
Let’s not go too overboard about this. The trade is anything but official yet. The Golden State Warriors can break up this trade by offering Klay Thompson to Minnesota, which is something the Warriors have been unwilling to do:
Yes, the Cavaliers are giving up the future by trading their previous 2 first overall picks in Wiggins and Bennett, but in order to get something great, you will have to give up something great.
The Cleveland Cavaliers championship window is now. LeBron James won’t be in his prime forever, the time to win is now, and trading for Kevin Love puts you in a better position to do that. Andrew Wiggins has a bright future ahead of him, but he might not be ready to perform on the big stage quite yet. He needs some time to gel. Cleveland doesn’t have time to wait for Wiggins to grow as a player. They have to win now.
Cleveland isn’t any ordinary city either. They are more desperate to win than any other team in the NBA. They have never won an NBA championship, and the city alone hasn’t won a sports title in almost 50 years. Right now is their best time to end those trends. Trading for Kevin Love to go along with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, they will most certainly be among the favorites to win the NBA championship.
Another thing worth pointing out is that Cleveland isn’t a free agent destination for super-stars. Except for LeBron James, when do you ever hear about someone taking their talents to CLEVELAND? Cleveland is no Miami, Los Angeles, or New York. They have a hard time attracting big time free agents. This might be their last opportunity for a long long time to have a team that is capable of winning the NBA Finals, and trading for Kevin Love makes that opportunity more likely to happen.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are the first team in NBA history to acquire Two Top-5 leading scorers in the same off-season. Whenever you can acquire two top-5 scorers, it almost doesn’t matter who you gave up, it is worth it.
Kevin Love is still a young 25 years old. He has a lot of basketball ahead of him, and if he can keep playing at the level he is capable of, then this trade was without a doubt a great move for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In conclusion, yes the Cleveland Cavaliers made the right move. Whenever you have the opportunity to have LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving on the same team, you make the trade. I don’t care who you are giving up.
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