Report: Kevin Love to Join LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland

August 7, 2014 at 10:31a    by DJ Byrnes    
Love won't wear 42 as it's retired by Cleveland (Nate Thurmond) [Image via Twitter]
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Somebody on Twitter said Andrew Wiggins was gone the second he went unnamed in LeBron James' coming-home essay, and it looks like he was right.

As Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported: Wiggins — days after this bizarre interview on ESPN — will be shipped to Minnesota along with former overall No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a protected first-round pick in the 2015 NBA draft in exchange for Kevin Love. The deal has been called a "firm agreement" and can't be finalized until August 23rd.

The kicker is, Love agreed to sign a long-term deal in Cleveland. (Although it remains unclear if he has any opt-out clauses.)

So, for at least the 2014-2015 campaign (LeBron can opt out next summer, after all), Cleveland, Ohio will have an NBA superteam.

The year of Luigi is truly a remarkable time to be alive.

 


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Hovenaut's picture

This is by far the better of the two basketball related stories I've read this morning...

Hate Week runneth over

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SaltyD0gg's picture

Somebody on Twitter said

I believe the report, but from one Prexie to another, you're better than starting an article with that... :)

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teddyballgame's picture
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brandonbauer87's picture

I believe that is the team name of Marion Harding High School. 

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buckifishr's picture

In other Buckeyes news, the Reds will go for the series victory agains the Indians tonight...........

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Tim's picture

More accurately, Indians will be going for the split.

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d5k's picture

The T-Wolves certainly got the best deal by far that they were going to get for Love but the Cavs still got way better on the court than they would have otherwise been.  So I dislike the deal because the T-Wolves got a huge haul but I like the deal because the Cavs have a Big 3 that rivals OKC and is arguably better than the one in Miami the last couple years.  I'm somewhat eager to see the details on that draft pick that the Cavs sent to Minnesota.  IMO, Minnesota should've had to send a protected pick the other direction.

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nrbuckguy's picture

The draft pick from the Cavs is expected to be the 2015 top-10 protected Miami pick that Cleveland still had from the Lebron sign and trade according to Woj from Yahoo Sports.  The Heat should still make the playoffs this year with Wade, Bosh, and Deng so I expect the pick will be around 20, definitely not a huge asset to give up.

In Urban We Trust

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ToetotheFace's picture

Yeah, actually it is very likely that Heat are the third or fourth team in the East with the PG injury. The only team I could see finishing higher are the Wizards, barring injuries.

osu07asu10's picture

The kicker is, Love agreed to sign a long-term deal in Cleveland. (Although it remains unclear if he has any opt-out clauses.)

The kicker really isn't that. He is coming to Cleveland with a handshake to sign a long term extension. He can and HAS to opt out after the 2014-15 season and then sign a long-term deal.

Hopefully the handshake means more than Boozer's did and Love is here for the long haul.

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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d5k's picture

The current CBA allows extensions but it would be a way worse deal than what he can get by opting out in the summer and signing a new 5 year max contract.  The goals of these rules are to protect the home team from losing their free agents by giving leverage but it just makes it so everyone gets to unrestricted free agency to get the best deal.  It's kinda dumb in that regard because Lamarcus Aldridge wants to sign an extension but he's better off waiting.  So the Blazers might lose a star player that wants to sign an extension if something changes in the next year.  

But yea it is a relatively minor risk but he won't sign anything officially until next summer.

ToetotheFace's picture

The team is just a teeny bit better than they were when Boozer said that, so I'm pretty confident he is staying.

Baroclinicity's picture

I still think waiting a couple months could have allowed us to keep Wiggins.  Oh well, I'm not going to put up a stink over this.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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d5k's picture

It's tough as the Cavs have a lot of pretty good assets other than Wiggins (leaving Lebron and Kyrie off the table) but not enough given the market for Love.  Boston was likely willing to give up a ton of picks + Marcus Smart and Chicago and GSW had decent offers that the Cavs would have a hard time beating without Wiggins.  The problem is a deal with Wiggins blows all the other offers out of the water imo.  So I see it as you need to pay $87 for something and you have a $100 bill and some 10's and 5's.  They won't give you change for the 100 so you bite the bullet and overpay.

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vitaminB's picture

Still not as good as the Bulls.

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deskpoet's picture

Disagree. 

Rose may be back, better than ever, but he doesn't have a "LeBron Effect" on a team. The Cavs will simply outscore the Bulls; Cavs over Bulls in 6 in ECF.

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Fear The Elf's picture

At goring people in the streets of Spain? Yes.

At basketball? No.

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Bolt's picture

In all seriousness, the Bulls are going to be pretty formidable if Rose can stay healthy. That's a big if. He's been looking like MVP Rose from a couple years ago during USA workouts. Pau Gasol helps their offensive stagnation issues as well, being a big man who can spot up and is an excellent passer. They got rid of that piece of garbage, Carlos Boozer and they've got a couple young and very athletic wing defenders in Butler and Snell...and none of this is to mention Noah who finished in the top 5 of MVP voting last year. The biggest factor for them is Thibs. I'd take my chances with any Thibodeau coached team any day of the week. The Bulls aren't going to have the talent of the Cavs...but we'll see if Blatt can step up to Thibs as a coach. The Cavs should be awesome offensively and the Bulls should be awesome defensively as always. Gonna be a fun little rivalry for sure.

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ToetotheFace's picture

Don't forget the addition of McDermott and Mirotic(considered on of the best bigs in Europe). Bulls will be our competition definitely for the next season, and likely over the next couple of years in the east.

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Kindell's picture

If these are the terms, I am more than ok with it.  The Cavs didn't have to take on any extra contracts, and got word from Love that he wants to be there long term.  

They also didn't have to trade off any of their expiring contracts, which means there is another deal to take place.  I think now they will go after a rim protector.  

I loved Wiggins as a prospect, and he also just seemed like a great kid.  I think he gets the raw end of the deal because he would have been much better off here.  He has to be the man now in Minnesota, and his game may never be suited for that.  

It looks like the Cavs could have LBJ, Love, and Irving for the next 5 years. That would still just be Lebron in his early 30's, there is a chance for a real dynasty.  In the end, you have to trade Wiggins upside for that chance.

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ToetotheFace's picture

Yeah, that is one of the few pieces they are really missing right now. You never know what could happen, they have 2 first round picks still in 15 so it could also come through a draft that is supposed to have strong PF/C talent. Trade could also be a possibility.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Because it's Cleveland:

LBJ will have a good year or so and then pull up lame a la Ken Griffey Jr. in Cincinnati.

Kevin Love opts out for more money as soon as LBJ gets hurt.

Kyrie develops a drug problem due to the stress caused by the first 2 points.

Andrew Wiggins turns out to be the next Michael/Kobe/etc.

Because it's Cleveland.

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d5k's picture

point #2 is moot because Love will get a 5 year max offer from Cleveland that no other team can give. 

Fear The Elf's picture

How did this get 8 upvotes?

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HattanBuck85's picture

Have to add a backup center. They still have two 2015 1st rounders plus Haywood's contract to work with. I also expect Shawn Marion & Ray Allen to sign. It's a deep, veteran bench:

PG: Matthew Dellavedova

SG: Ray Allen, Mike Miller

SF: Shawn Marion, James Jones

PF: Tristan Thompson

C: Brendan Haywood (?)

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nrbuckguy's picture

I agree, there are definitely still holes to be filled.  Most of these should be able to be taken care of next offseason.  They can use the Haywood contract and the Memphis pick they own to trade for a rim protector, they will have the MLE available next offseason too so the guard depth will hopefully be upgraded, and they have to use their 1st round pick to bring in young player since their 2016 1st rounder has already been traded.  The Cavs should truly be a force once the next season rolls around and the roster is filled in more evenly, gosh I'm excited for this.

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d5k's picture

Thompson will serve as a backup for either Love/Varejao and they can definitely play small ball with Love at the 5.  That lineup would be unguardable on one end but struggle a bit defensively.

Bolt's picture

Haywood's kind of a wild card in here. If he can at least be serviceable that'd be a big boost for the Cavs just to have depth. We cannot have Andy playing big minutes on this team or else he's going to break down by Christmas. No one knows where Haywood is physically or mentally though. He missed all of last year. His contract is gonna be a great asset for us next year though in a trade to bring in a good asset.

nrbuckguy's picture

Really wish that the Cavs didn't trade away their 2016 1st rounder already to clear space for Lebron.  Then we would have the ability to package multiple picks with the Haywood contract next year in order to bring in another guy, that's okay though because there are still valuable assets leftover like the Memphis pick and the team is damn good already.  Can't wait to watch Irving, Lebron, and Love play together, as a Cleveland fan I almost feel spoiled!

In Urban We Trust

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d5k's picture

I'd rather keep the Memphis pick and supplement the roster in the long run with a player on a rookie deal.  This team will be in luxury tax territory starting in 2015 so you need to make up for the fact that guys like Miller are reaching the end of their careers and bolster the bench with a combination of rookies and veteran minimum ring chasers.

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nrbuckguy's picture

Very true, good point.  Especially since that pick is almost guaranteed to be in the late lottery area, a really nice place to find a cheap, young role player.  I'm curious to see whether or not they will have the space to keep both Thompson and Waiters once their rookie deals expire.  My money would be on extending Thompson since he will likely sign for less than what Dion will demand in free agency.  We could then trade Dion for a few nice pieces in order to maintain future cap flexibility and the presence of useful assets.

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Denny's picture

This trade sure is a slam-dunk!

Taquitos.

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BierStube's picture

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

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rdubs's picture

I'm not a Cavs fan so I am not really worried about whether this makes them better or not.  I just selfishly wanted to see Wiggins' athleticism on the court with Lebron.  Those fast breaks would have been too much fun.

ToetotheFace's picture

What about the LBJ/KI fast breaks with the best outlet passer in the league Kevin Love? People don't realize his skill with outlet passes, Corey Brewer is a decent player but with Love he was up there with Westbrook and LBJ in FB points.

KingsRite's picture

I wanted them to keep Wiggins but I understand why they did what they did. I'm anxious for the season to start!

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ChazBuckeye's picture

My prediction is NBA finals and they lose in 7. The year after, an actual pro sports championship for the shores of Lake Erie. Mark my words.

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