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Kevin Love to Cleveland for Wiggins, Bennett, and first round pick

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It was pretty much the worst-kept secret in the NBA, but it looks like Kevin Love is headed to Cleveland. According to ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an “agreement in principle” to trade Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins (2014 #1 pick), Anthony Bennett (2013 #1 pick), and a 2015 first round pick.

Why do we care? Well, if you’re of the belief that Calipari may leave UK after this season to coach LeBron in Cleveland like Drew Franklin, Ryan Lemond, and, regrettably, me, then you want the Cavaliers to be as good as they can be so they don’t make a coaching change. So, cheers to Kevin Love, LeBron James, and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. You’ll have plenty of fans in the Bluegrass.


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37 Comments for Kevin Love to Cleveland for Wiggins, Bennett, and first round pick

  1. Blue Virus
    10:35 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Wow. Cleveland is going to be really good.

  2. Blue_Cat75
    10:41 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Kevin Love will not be the player he was in Minnesota. Stats are inflated when you’re on a losing team.
    I think the Cavs gave up too much for him.

    • D
      11:10 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

      I agree, especially since they could’ve waited it out, kept Wiggins on a rookie contract and gained a big free agent down the line as opposed to paying love for a max contract out of the gate. Nonetheless, it helps us to keep Cal if they’re as good as possible as early as possible.

      I’m no GM, but patience could’ve paid off here.

    • Mc
      11:16 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

      Bennett didn’t fit in with Cleveland with Lebron coming in. So I think he was just a throw in. Now whether he pans out or not doesn’t matter as much as he wouldn’t have played enough in Cleveland.

      Wiggins is a good player. He’s unproven. He disappears in games. Could he be really good? Maybe. Who knows? Time will tell, same for the #1 pick included here. What if Wiggins came out and averaged 12 points and 5 boards a game, and didn’t live up to the hype? Then his stock drops, and Minnesota deals Love to Golden State?

      Then you have to rely on getting a big free agent to play in Cleveland while Lebron is on a 2 year contract. Granted, he’ll most likely extend that.

      I think the time to act was now, and both sides did okay. Love will put up 20 and 10 and open up the lane. Their question marks will be on defense.

    • Han
      11:21 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

      Maybe. On the other hand, when you’re on a losing team and you’re the main option, other teams can really gang up on you.

      Having the top player in the game on your team certainly takes some of the pressure off.

      Plus, as for what they’re giving up, Wiggins could be great, or maybe he’s never more than an average starter. Bennett? He’s yet to earn the first round pick spent on him. The future pick? Um, how good do you think that pick would’ve been once Lebron joined the team?

  3. Beaumont
    10:46 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    I was kind of looking forward to seeing Wiggins play with Lebron.

    • M
      10:56 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

      That’s gross.

  4. Jughead
    10:48 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Man, not sure about this one. That’s a lot to give up. The jury remains out on Bennett and Wiggins may be a dang superstar. Plus a 1st round pick?

    I guess the Cavs want to win now, at any price.

  5. GraBeardCat
    10:55 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Bennett was a real surprise when he was the first pick, and has not really shown that much yet: however, giving up two #1 picks and a first round next year for Love seems a bit much. Cleveland better hope that this works, or they may be trying to explain things to fans. It would appear that Minnesota came out WAAAAY ahead on this deal; however, like all trades, we won’t know for awhile.

    • Mc
      11:39 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

      Cleveland loses Bennett, a player that wouldn’t have played much because they have Lebron.

      They lose Wiggins, an unproven player, who may be really good, or may just be a nice player.

      They lose a first round pick, but have Lebron and the odds are this pick will be in the late first round.

      They get Kevin Love. A proven, stretch 4, that averaged 26 points, 12 boards, and 4 assists a game while not having other options to take the pressure off of him. I don’t think he’ll score this much in Cleveland, but he’ll put up over 20 a game.

      I don’t see how this is Minnesota coming out way ahead. Seems like a good deal both ways as Minnesota was going to lose Love anyway.

  6. Mc
    10:56 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Lebron’s in his peak and there’s a 3-4 year window in which their odds of winning a championship are much higher. They don’t want to wait on an unproven Wiggins. He may have been drafted first as trade-bait if the Wolves favored him over Parker.

    With Love’s ability to pull a 4 away from the hoop, the lane’s will open up for Irving and Lebron. This is how it will be for Kentucky with Towns in. Andrew should be able to get to the hoop easier.

    Cleveland’s defense will be suspect. Too bad they didn’t draft Nerlens last season to protect the rim. I know Bennett is a part of this trade, but surely they could have thrown someone else over to Minnesota to get this trade through.

    • Casper
      11:34 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

      i like the way you think.

  7. UKBlue1!
    11:12 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Sounds like Cleveland is set to be hosed in two years. Both Lebron and Love can leave in two years. Cleveland would be smart to get at least Love to sign a long term deal.

    • Han
      11:23 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

      Expectation has been Love would have to sign a long-term deal as part of the trade. Lebron’s out is just to make sure that a) he’s getting max deals when the salary cap goes up, and b) Cleveland’s ownership continues to try to improve the team instead of just being happy with the increased revenue Lebron brings.

    • Dan F
      12:58 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

      Love has agreed, in principle, to re-sign for 5 years. Also, the Cavs could not have signed Love in the off season, not enough cap room. A trade had to be done to acquire him.

    • UKBlue1!
      3:20 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

      I don’t know how Cleveland will be able to hold Love to this deal a year later. IF I am reading everything right he can opt out of contract after 1 year. He doesn’t have to sign with Cleveland. This sets Cleveland up to be hosed….

  8. cdc_uky
    11:28 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    The time to win in CLE is now. Lebron is back and there is a serious buzz in the city. They needed to be aggressive and there was an opportunity put the right pieces together with Love. Bennett and Lebron did not compliment each other, Wiggins had to be included for the trade to happen and now they have a real shot at a trophy.

  9. Casper
    11:36 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Cleveland should use Johnny Manziel as a shooting guard.

  10. Jughead
    11:59 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Cleveland is the new sexy. I’d love to see the Cav’s merch numbers since signing LeCramps. Are there Cav’s Wiggins jerseys?

  11. Bla
    12:50 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Who cares
    Leave. Stay. Uk will be fine

    • Daddy
      12:56 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

      Billy Clyde and tubby

  12. gordonm
    12:56 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    When 1st hearing that Lebron to Cleveland was done, I wondered how much influence Lebron would express within the organization.

    I still don’t know.

    This deal for Love makes me think: Lebron doesn’t want to work with rookies. I think he wants a NBA ring from playing with Cleveland. He wants it now.

    On the other hand, Cleveland’s front office could have had this plan before they received a commitment from Lebron.

  13. Dan F
    12:57 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Love has agreed, in principle, to re-sign for 5 years. Also, the Cavs could not have signed Love in the off season, not enough cap room. A trade had to be done to acquire him.

  14. Speed Buggy
    1:03 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink


    2014-2015 Cleveland Cavaliers Stink
    2014-2015 Boston Celtics Stink

    2015-2016 Cal coaches Cavaliers
    2015- Brad Stevens coaches Kentucky

    I would be okay with this scenario

    • UKBlue1!
      3:23 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

      If Calipari wins #9 and decides to leave. I’m fine. I think it’s a mistake on his part just like Pitino. If UK can lure Stevens it would be great. I don’t expect him to be available next Spring. I think Boston will win about 15 games more next year. That will save him his job.

    • That's Right
      4:50 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

      I have always thought Brad would be the next coach at UK

  15. Rich
    1:20 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Cal’s out after this year. He can’t endure another year of retooling an entire team. It would make sense, next year’s class is marginal at best, there isn’t any standout talent. You can see his tired. Win or lose, say goodbye. It was a helluva ride. And if Brad Stevens is hired, I’m out until he’s fired. He’s a HORRIBLE coach.

    • eddie vedder
      9:20 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

      Ah yes the guy who took BUTLER to back-to-back title games is horrible. Great point

  16. Jordan
    1:24 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Hope Cal never leaves, wouldn’t blame him if he has the chance to coach the Cavs next season, but every year it’s always somebody different of who the fans want to see replace him. First Brad Stevens, then Shaka Smart, last year was Sean Miller and Gregg Marshall. Who will it be this year? Fred Hoiberg? Tony Bennett? I hope for none of them and Cal stays

  17. gordonm
    1:32 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    This Cal to Cleveland could have happened. All the words were here on the internet but for some reason the stars didn’t align up.

    As much as Cal teaches, he learns as he goes.

  18. brain
    1:48 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Cal isn’t going anywhere.

  19. jman3715
    2:39 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    I hope we all enjoy this year and bring home #9 because Cal is gone as is most of the team after this year. It could be a rough next couple of years after that until another coach gets it going. I would love to see him stay but I just don’t see it happening.

  20. Jeffrey
    3:22 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    looks like LBJ will be in the same predicament he was in 5-6 years ago and beyond that with Cleveland.

    Get rid of young promising players for one over the hump player who’s pretty good. Seriously, the franchise is a joke.

    • Tycobbn
      7:03 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

      Who ‘s over the hump? Not sure what that term means exactly, but Kevin Love is 24 years old! And a top 5 player in the NBA! With Irving and Lebron you gotta have a good big, and they got one of the best. Wiggins might have had great numbers but not Kevin Love numbers, I guarantee you. I say great trade

  21. Marvb
    9:27 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    If coach K can coach Duke and team USA, why can’t coach cal coach UK and the Cavs?

  22. Wine and Dine as we get NINE
    9:58 pm August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Should have seen this coming with the Uncle Drew Pepsi commercials. See Part 2.

  23. ja
    2:28 am August 8, 2014 Permalink

    Why doesnt everybody enjoy the time while cal is here instead of worrying when hes leaving?