Kevin Love was finally traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Here is a breakdown of the personnel trading places:
F Kevin Love
F Andrew Wiggins
2015 first-round pick (Miami)
These are now three drastically different depth charts. Cleveland will now be the favorite in the Eastern Conference (unless you’re a Team Chicago guy) and be able to balance the floor as well as any team in the league. With the signings of Shawn Marion and Mike Miller, the Cavs depth is also exceptional.
So while it is fairly obvious what Cleveland gets from this trade, what exactly can Minnesota expect from the deal? Andrew Wiggins is Jeff Green at the very worst. He will play exceptional defense (better than Green), while his confidence on offense grows. Playing with Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic should help him get some clean looks, but hopefully the dreariness of playing for the T’Wolves doesn’t suck the life out of him.
Anthony Bennett has a lot to show us this season. He will play behind Thad Young, who is a great compliment to Pekovic on the baseline and defenses will have trouble with the two big guys. Bennett’s job will be to stretch the floor and offer defense for the league’s bevy of shooting big men. What Minnesota is missing with this bunch is an interior defensive presence. Wiggins will help the perimeter D, Rubio and Kevin Martin aren’t stopping anyone from getting into the lane, and gamblers should start looking at the over line in Wolves games.
Finally, Philadelphia and its continuous goal to be the worst team in the league. Shved and Mbah a Moute aren’t going to offer much on the floor, other than below-average play to a team that is going to start featuring its younger players. They nabbed another first-round pick and if Miami struggles this year, they could get two more top 10-15 choices in the draft. Philly fans will have to sit tight for one more year before their club is back in any sort of postseason race.