The madness that has ensued over the past 30 days since Andrew Wiggins was signed to his rookie contract is finally going to come to a close. This Saturday marks the end of the 30-day wait for the Cleveland Cavaliers to be able to trade the first overall pick in this summer’s draft. And that means that Cleveland can finally call Kevin Love theirs. But, as discussed before, a third team is now in the mix.
The Philadelphia 76ers will be joining the Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves in conducting a three-team trade. The Cavs will still be sending Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a 2015 first-round pick to Minnesota, but the Timberwolves will be receiving more to make up for having a second superstar leave before he brings a championship. Philadelphia will be sending Thaddeus Young to Minnesota in exchange for Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved. The Minnesota Star-Tribune first reported the three-team deal.
The T-Wolves will be sending Miami’s 2015 first-round pick from the Cavaliers to the 76ers in the Kevin Love deal. Minnesota will also be receiving a $4 million trade exception that they can use to pick up a player over the next year. Landing Young definitely makes letting go of Love a little easier, but in the end LeBron James got what he wanted; just like he has all off-season long.
LeBron has already been able to attract Mike Miller, James Jones and Shawn Marion, but pairing Kevin Love alongside him and Kyrie Irving is the ultimate icing on the cake. In six NBA seasons Love has averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and boasts a PER a little south of 27. For his career Kevin Love has shot 45.1 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three and 81.5 percent from the free throw line.
Very few would argue with those stating that a trio of Kevin Love, Irving and James gives the Cavaliers the best “Big 3″ in the NBA. All three are superstars and have proven that they are the best amongst their respective positions. The trade will be made official as soon as the day turns over to Saturday.