Kevin Love Officially Joins LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland

August 23, 2014 at 1:08p    by DJ Byrnes    
Kevin Love joins LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland
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The long-rumored three team trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers became official today. The rubber-stamping was first reported by Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowksi.

Cleveland surrendered two overall No. 1 picks, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, and a first round pick in the 2015 draft to secure the rights to Minnesota's dynamic forward.

 The Cavs roster still has some flaws, but wow... that's quite the transformation in the last year.


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Killer nuts's picture

In the second tweet he says "Miami's first round pick"... Did I miss something or did he mean Cleveland's pick?

BuckeyeOfTheTiger's picture

IIRC, it's a protected pick that Cleveland aquired from Miami, so it must still be protected for Miami

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tennbuckeye19's picture

When James left Cleveland to go to Miami, they essentially made a trade with the Cavs for him. James left and Miami gave Cleveland 2 future first round picks. One of those picks is for 2015 and they're using it for part of this trade.

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Iwearmocs's picture

Did he sign an extension?

IGotAWoody's picture

He's going to play out the remainder of his current contract, and will either re-sign a new deal next year with the Cavs or he'll become an unrestricted free agent.

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BuckeyeMike74's picture
Never heard of Kyle Love, but apparently he plays for the Patriots and would take up a lot of room in the middle.  Maybe he's playing center?
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DJ Byrnes's picture

knowing cleveland, i wouldnt even be surprised.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

sivaDavis's picture

Still think Gilbert folded under pressure. Wolves got BIG pieces when they would've either got nothing or nowhere close to the amount of talent they just acquired. Love made it clear he wouldnt sign an extension with anyone but the Cavs. Wait until the trade deadline and offer a couple First round picks and Bennett and keep Wiggins. Spurs showed that while Veterans are important, young guys like Kawhi and Mills are also key. I think Wiggins could've been that spark plug off the bench both offensive and defensively for the Cavs

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Eph97's picture

No. Cavs needed to do it in order to get his Bird right's. There was always the danger that he wouldn't leave his new team after a year because they could pay him the most. Now, the Cavs are the team that can pay him the most after the 1 year left on his contract expires.

sivaDavis's picture

I understand that, you can still acquire a players Bird rights in his contract year. Love wouldn't have resigned with Minnesota after this year even if they did offer him the most money. Minnesota wasn't going to keep him past the deadline anyway and not get anything for him. Cleveland still could have offered him a 1+1 deal with the player option at max money and then offered a new max deal when the cap expands in 2016. Similiar to what Bron will do after his current 2 year deal is done.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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Fear The Elf's picture

One of the reasons Love wants out of Minny is that Minny wouldn't give him a full max. He seems to want a 5 year max this go around.

LeBron can sign a bunch of 1 year max deals because he could tear his ACL, miss a whole season, and still be worth a max. Love doesn't have that luxury.

Eph97's picture

I meant MIN would have dumped him to any team as the season progressed (he doesn't have veto rights), perhaps caved in to Golden State even without Thompson. If he had been traded to GS there is a high likelihood he would have signed a max deal with them because its on the west coast where he's from. The Cavs had to overpay to gaurantee they'd get him.  I agree with you there is no way MIN could have signed him or would have let him walk away for nothing.

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Fear The Elf's picture

Just Bennett wouldn't work salary wise. Either Waiters, Thompson or Varejao would've had to be included, and any one of those could be trumped by Golden STate or Phoenix or Chicago. Hell, If I was Minny, I would have gotten all of Brooklyn's picks from Boston.

Cavs "could've" waited and maybe gotten Love without Wiggins, As it turns out, they still got much better, so hard to hate the trade.
 

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THE's picture

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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teddyballgame's picture

i love me some love
 

braneli's picture

Righteous news!

"You are confined only by the walls you build yourself."

tennbuckeye19's picture

Obviously, I like the addition of Kevin Love to the roster, but I wish there would've been a way to complete the deal without giving up Wiggins.

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brandonbauer87's picture

I'm not too hung up on Wiggins. Wiggins and Bennett pushes me over the edge, though. They just traded Minnesota a young nucleus to build around. 

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tennbuckeye19's picture

I agree. I liked it better when I was hearing that Wiggins would be going to Minnesota and Bennett would be going to Philly. The Cavs getting Love is great, but Minnesota ended up okay in all this by gaining Wiggins, Bennett, and Thaddeus Young. Those 3 pieces to go with Ricky Rubio make an interesting mix. Although they do play in the West...

Time will tell if Cleveland gave up too much.
 

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MN Buckeye's picture

MN fans seem to like this deal. Love is a first class talent and a first class jerk (to many bartenders in town). The general concensus is that the Timber wolves got the best deal.

IGotAWoody's picture

If the Cavs make it to the Eastern Conference Finals this coming season, the deal will have worked out best for them. The Wolves will still be fighting just to make it to the playoffs in the West.

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Eph97's picture

I'll summarize this deal: CLE = 50, MIN = The Cat

Fear The Elf's picture

Kyrie Iriving was the All Star MVP. Now he's the third best player on his own team.

Lakers were convinced they would sign Kyrie and trade for Love eventually. The Cavs did that in one offseason...AND got LeBron.

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droessl's picture

I really think the Cavs should have stuck with their roster until Jan/Feb, see how things were going, and if they still determined Love was needed, THEN make this trade. It's a lot to give up, but then again, they now have a "big 3" who play 3 different styles. Fun times in Cleveland today! 

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braneli's picture

Woot. Cavs are killing it with these 'creative' trades.

"You are confined only by the walls you build yourself."

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