Takeaways from the pending Kevin Love acquisition

BoQT9CgIgAAePhcConsider this fact for a moment.

Last year, on October 30, the Cleveland Cavaliers opened the 2013-14 season with a starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, “The Immortal” Earl Clark, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao.

After Thursday, the team’s starting lineup for the 2014-15 season figures to be Irving, Waiters, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Varejao. How’s that for juxtaposition?

On Thursday, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick. The clincher to it all?

“Cleveland is making the deal with Minnesota with a firm agreement Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $120 million-plus contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports.”

If true, this is a colossal coup for the Cavaliers. The team here at Everybody Hates Cleveland has been leading the #KeepWiggins charge in recent weeks, but that’s because we were under the impression that Love could opt out after just one year. Surrendering a player as talented as Wiggins is a pretty steep price for just one guaranteed year of Love.

However, the latest development changes the game. The deal is beneficial for the Cavaliers on so many levels.

Consider the following:

  • It was widely rumored that the Cavaliers would have to include multiple first-round picks in a trade to acquire Love. That raised some concern because the Cavaliers have multiple future first round picks, including three in 2015 (MIA-Protected, MEM-Protected, CLE). By surrendering just one pick now, the Cavaliers retain flexibility should they need to make a deadline move later this season.
  • At different instances, both Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters had been rumored to be a part of these trade discussions. The fact that they will both remain in wine and gold next year is a huge victory for the Cavaliers, especially when it comes to Waiters. After averaging 15.9 points per game in his second year, many believe Waiters could be on the verge of a breakout season. Byron Scott once compared the former Syracuse guard to Miami Heat star and former James’ running mate Dwayne Wade. Now Waiters will have an opportunity to play alongside James and fill the same role previously occupied by Wade.
  • As noted earlier, the fact that Love has apparently agreed to opt out after one year and sign a five-year, $120 million-plus contract extension is huge. Many fans have identified Love’s flaws (defense, injuries) in recent weeks, but no one can deny his scoring ability. He averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last year. Want more? He’s only 25-years-old. It gets no better than this.

The wildness of this offseason just does not cease. One year ago, Cavalier fans were celebrating the signing of Andrew Bynum on a low-risk deal. Yes, you read that right — Andrew Bynum.

In comparison, this summer has seen the Cavaliers extend Irving, welcome home a King, and the team is on the verge of acquiring arguably the Association’s best big man. Oh, one more thing — it’s not over yet.

Could Shawn Marion or Ray Allen be next?

Unfortunately the Love deal cannot become official until August 23, which will be 30 days after Wiggins signed his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. Ken Berger of CBSSports has already speculated that the deal could still fall apart.

If that’s the case, I ask that you join EHC on a new campaign. #KeepWiggins was fun, but now it’s time to #GetLove.

3 replies »

    • Is this my old friend Forrest?

      As far as Miller and Jones go, I like the moves, especially in regard to Miller. For whatever reason, James loves to play with Miller and the fact that the Heat did not retain him last season is one of the things that was rumored to lead to his disconnect with the organization. Miller also took less money to come to Cleveland, so you have to love that. He seems healthy, and the guy can certainly shoot. As a whole, this team is going to be deadly from beyond the arch. Just think of all the possibilities.

      Jones is what he is. He only played 20 games last year but shot lights out from beyond the arch in those games. Again, he’s a LeBron guy, so that’s good as it keeps James happy. Hoping he has something left.

      • Yep, it sure is. I’m currently stationed in South Korea but moving to the Dayton, OH area in the fall. I’ve been reading up on all the latest Cleveland sports news since I plan on seeing a few games this season. I hope this website takes off. I enjoy the articles.

        Miller and Jones are deadly beyond the arch for sure. With James and Irving driving and kicking it out, they’ll get a lot of open looks. I’m just curious how the team will stack up on defense.

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