TWolves are the winner in this trade... You have a future star in Wiggins and guy in Anthony Bennett who was starting to turn the corner and you trade him for a guy that wouldn't even be there after the season. Really I think Cleveland fuged up
Love traded to CLE for Wiggins, Bennett, Pick
Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:04 AM
I think the Cavs just gave up a little too much... I understand Wiggins was gone, but Bennett and a #1? Ugh.
Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:17 AM
Cleveland should have made a splash in FA next year. That way they keep their young (and more important) cheap players like Wiggins and Bennett on the roster. They would have probably still got Love or maybe even Aldridge or someone. Even if they didn't have Love, they'd still probably be favorites to make finals in the East. They should have had a bit more patience but are probably scared of losing Lebron again.
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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:25 AM
I like this deal for both sides. Well truthfully I hate it because it makes Cleveland stronger, but in terms of each team's individual goals it makes sense. With Love, James, and Irving you have another big three created. Love is a better post player than Bosh ever was and a better traditional PF with rebounding skills. Irving is a more traditional PG and I think with having more natural scorers on the team he's going to be able to spread the ball around more and not rely so much on his ability to create his own shots. I think, as much as Wade was better than Irving at the time LeBron signed with the Heat, this is a better trio from an on paper standpoint. Nobody having to play out of position and guys with more traditional roles. LeBron gets his first star big to play with, as Bosh is/was that hybrid kind of big that isn't exceptional under the rim and with his back to the basket like Love. That's going to be a dangerous addition in set offense. Not only will this team be able to run the break, but having the ability with two shot creators like Irving and LeBron in sets to free up Love is going to be formidable.
The haul for the Wolves is fantastic. Kevin Love wasn't going to sign there. Everybody knew that. The fact that they can get two first overall picks with tremendous upside is great. Plus the story of reuniting the Canadian prep stars is a good look for Minnesota being a state that borders Ontario and Manitoba. It's going to be interesting to see how much that impacts the Wolves presence in Canada. If anything makes it easier to lose Love from an immediate competition standpoint, it's the growth that the fanbase might have from adding the Canadian element.
Overall it's a move that makes sense for both sides. Cleveland is not going to "waste" their window of LeBron while waiting for the young kids to ripen up to be ready to compete and Minnesota gets that opportunity to have an instant rebuild. It's a pretty ideal situation for both sides. It made too much sense not to happen.
Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:58 AM
Love is overrated tho: no D.
Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:58 AM
"Kevin Love Has "Firm Agreement" He'll Sign a 5-year, $120 Million Deal with Cavaliers"
Who you quoting?
Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:18 AM
Good deal for both teams, Cavs are in "win now" mode, and Wolves get to build for the future and get rid of a guy who was on his way out the door anyway. Barring freak injuries the Cavs seem like they should be a lock to make it to the finals. Chicago if Rose stays healthy may be their only competition.
I agree that Love is overrated and a stat padder though.
Posted 07 August 2014 - 12:09 PM
i'll be really interested to see what the cleveland starting five will be come opening night. i imagine Irving/Waiters/Lebron/Thompson/Love?... there's so little defence there lol. plus it doesnt seem the most durable team in the world. love has played 60 games or less in 3/6 seasons and irving less than 60 in 2/3 seasons.
i like love and think he's a good player, but he isnt worth a max contract when he's injured.
if both get injured at the same time, a team of Dellavedova/Waiters/James Jones/Lebron/Varejao doesnt quite seem so imposing.
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