There have been various reports that a deal is done between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves that will send Kevin Love to play with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Ohio.
But because Andrew Wiggins, who is the principle piece the Timberwolves are getting back in the trade, signed his rookie contract on July 23, the trade can not officially be done until August 23. Therefore, none of the parties involved have made public comments saying flat-out that this trade is a done deal.
However, everything points to that being the case and the latest proof is a report courtesy of ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein that the Cavaliers are selling free agents Ray Allen and Shawn Marion on the idea of playing with Love.
The “‘potential” trade for Love would already be paying great dividends for Cleveland if they are able to get Marion and/or Allen to sign with them this summer, in part, because of Love’s talent.
While both free agents are aging, they’re still two very good players, capable of giving the Cavs some much-needed depth. Marion averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season with the Dallas Mavericks, while Allen averaged 9.6 points and 2.8 rebounds with the Miami Heat.
Kevin Love is coming to the Cavs. That much we know. For Cleveland, now it’s strictly about adding as much talent around its Big Three as possible and it sounds like they are making a strong push to do so.