One more day.
That’s when Andrew Wiggins officially becomes trade eligible. It also marks the moment when the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers can complete a three-team trade (centered around Kevin Love) that had reportedly been agreed upon for two-plus weeks.
Also a trade that, reportedly, isn’t exactly “set in stone,” at least when it comes to who is going where. The meat of the trade is known — Love is headed to Cleveland, Wiggins and Young to Minnesota and a pick to Philly, but that’s about all we know “for sure.”
According to Dan Barreiro of KFAN, Minnesota’s Alexy Shved and Luc Mbah A Moute are also expected to be involved in the trade. And from indications, they’re probably headed to the Sixers in addition to a No. 1 pick from Cleveland (via Miami).
Educated guess for Saturday: CLE gets Love, MIN gets Wiggins, Bennett, Young, PHI gets Shved, Moute, CLE #1 (from MIA).
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) August 21, 2014
A few wrinkles probably need to be ironed out between now and when the trade finally gets completed, which is looking more and more like this weekend, but it seems that we now know who is involved and where they’re likely headed.
For the Wolves to come away with Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young AND Anthony Bennet in exchange for a player (Kevin Love) who was leaving after next season anyway is a huge win for the franchise going forward.
Teams that are parting ways with their superstar rarely win trades, the Timberwolves, though, could be the exception.