If the rumors were true that LeBron James still hasn’t met face-to-face with Andrew Wiggins, don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
The Wolves would also acquire Anthony Bennett and a 2015 protected 1st round pick. The Cavs get their man, Love, and a promise that he will re-sign longterm with the Cavaliers after his contract ends at this season’s end.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Cleveland is making the deal with Minnesota with a firm agreement Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $120 million-plus contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Despite the agreement between the two sides, the deal can’t become official until Aug. 23, when Wiggins can be officially traded — it marks the 30 day mark after signing his rookie deal in Cleveland.
Love averaged 26 points and nearly 13 rebounds per game last season in Minnesota.
Anthony Bennett, the 2013 No. 1 overall pick, only managed 4.2 points and three rebounds per contest in a challenging first year in the league.
While the Wolves had hopes of riding themselves of other contracts in this deal, like those of J.J. Barea, Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved’s, it doesn’t appear that will be happening. But, according to Yahoo, Minnesota still has interest in gutting those players at some point.
Minnesota had also hoped to land Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia, though, it appears the idea of the Love deal being a three team trade also won’t be the case.