The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a deal to send star power forward Kevin Love to the Cavaliers in exchange for swingman Andrew Wiggins and a future draft pick. It also looks like forward Anthony Bennett will be going from the Cavaliers to the Philadelphia 76ers with 76ers’ forward Thaddeus Young heading to the Timberwolves. It is widely assumed Love and the Cavaliers will agree to a max contract (about five years and $120 million after the season).
However, since no deal can be agreed upon until Love opts out of his deal following the 2014-2015 season, there is a “small window” to make a run at Love in free agency, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
The plan for Love is to opt out of his remaining $16.74 million contract year and sign a new max level deal in July; such a deal would likely be worth $120 plus million over five years. NBA teams are not permitted to make future contract agreements with players in Love’s situation, however knowing a player wants a max level deal and agreeing that something like that is workable is not the same as hammering out a completed contract. Love’s potential trade to the Cavaliers is likely going to be scrutinized heavily, mainly because it’s been characterized that the Cavs and Love have a firm commitment in place, something both sides are likely going to deny wholeheartedly. It is important to note that there can be nothing binding between Love and the Cavaliers beyond the terms of his existing contract, so there is a small window to consider Love in free agency, but it’s likely to be a very small one if there is any shot at all.
Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe last season.
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