On Saturday, the Cleveland Cavaliers officially completed their three-team trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire star power forward Kevin Love. The Cavaliers sent swingman Andrew Wiggins and forward Anthony Bennett, the last two number one overall picks, to the Timberwolves and a first round pick owed to them by the Miami Heat to the 76ers.
The Cavaliers have already given point guard Kyrie Irving a five-year, $90 million contract and signed LeBron James to a two-year, $42.2 million deal. After the 2014-2015 season, Love is going to opt out of his contract and the Cavaliers are going to have to give him a mega-deal, likely a five-year contract worth well over $100 million.
According to Larry Coon of Basketball Insiders, the Cavaliers won’t have much spending room over the next few years.
I don’t think the cap will go “through the roof.” Even if the new media deal doubles the national revenue, and it all takes effect in the first year, the salary cap would only increase by about $10 million.
It’s a problem shared by a lot of teams — most recently the 2010-14 Heat. Spending a big chunk of the cap on multiple superstars means there isn’t much spending room left over for good role players.
Of course, having a big three of Jeames, Irving and Love seems well worth the money. The Heat were still able to surround their big three with solid role players and the Cavaliers signing of forward Shawn Marion shows they should be able to do the same.
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