Kevin Love’s year-long push to get out of Minnesota has finally been granted. A three-team trade has been established, where the Cleveland Cavaliers get Love; the Timberwolves get Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young (from the Philadelphia 76ers); and the Sixers get Alexey Shved, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a 2015 first-round draft pick (from the Miami Heat).
The Cavs provided a statement on the trade:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired forward Kevin Love in a three-team trade that sends guard Andrew Wiggins and forward Anthony Bennett to Minnesota and a projected 2015 first round pick (via Miami) to Philadelphia, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. As part of the three-team trade, Minnesota will also acquire forward Thaddeus Young from the 76ers, while Philadelphia receives forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved from the Timberwolves.
“Kevin joining the Cavaliers represents a very special and unique opportunity for our team. At only 25, Kevin has already firmly established himself as one the NBA’s elite players and his talent, versatility and fit are major parts of our team’s vision for success,” said Griffin. “We want to also wish Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett the best as they will continue the start of their careers in Minnesota. They are both outstanding young men that have great potential on the court and long, very successful careers ahead of them.”
A rarely used NBA rule forced the teams to wait to complete the trade until 30 days after Wiggins signed his rookie contract.
It’s official now, and Cleveland, which hasn’t had a major pro sports championship since 1964, is poised to make a run at ending the drought.
Love is a career 36.2 percent three-point shooter and hit at a 37.6 percent clip in 2013-14 on a career-high in attempts. He should only get better away from Minnesota, where the at-times cramped spacing of the offense allowed opponents to have easier closeouts.
Now the league’s best player has another superstar as a running mate. Add in All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and James again finds himself the ringleader of a star-studded trio.