After an entire summer of waffling, rumors, speculation, and sources jumping the gun, the long-awaited Kevin Love-to-Cleveland trade has been approved by the NBA. Here are the official specifics of the three-team trade between the Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Philadelphia 76ers
Cavaliers: Kevin Love (MIN)
76ers: Luc Mbah a Moute (MIN), Alexey Shved (MIN), Miami 2015 first-round pick
Timberwolves: Anthony Bennett (CLE), Andrew Wiggins (CLE), Thaddeus Young (PHI)
Outside of James returning to Cleveland, there hasn’t been a bigger story than Kevin Love’s impending trade demands. He didn’t approach the Timberwolves in a manner of “trade me or you’ll regret it”, but he made it known that his intentions were elsewhere if he were to hit free agency, giving the franchise a chance to jump and get something in return by trading the power forward.
And something in return is what they got. Trades aren’t often looked at as win-win’s, but both sides seems satisfied with what their teams received. This idea may not stick as the future will paint a better picture of what’s deemed ‘fair’ (see Kawhi Leonard-George Hill), but for now, the Wolves, Cavaliers, and 76ers are a step closer to the direction they hoped to lean in.
Here is some quick analysis and thoughts on the three teams’ acquisitions along with an arbitrary textbook grade.