How the Kevin Love Trade Helps Each Team Involved
The Cavs, Wolves and 76ers
The Timberwolves, Cavaliers and 76ers just recently completed their blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Love to Cleveland to play along side of Lebron James. With Kevin Love being the only piece that went to the Cavaliers in the deal, the Timberwolves appeared to do quite well in the trade overall. Minnesota ended up acquiring the first overall picks from the last two drafts, in Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett from Cleveland, along with 76ers combination forward Thaddeus Young. The 76ers acquired Minnesota's first round draft pick for the 2015 NBA draft, along with guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. With each of these teams eventually getting the returns that they wanted in this deal, all three teams leave the transaction happy with their acquisitions. Considering the quantity that went to the Timberwolves, the Cavaliers ended up paying a very steep price in order to acquire the proven, veteran power forward Kevin Love.
What this move means for the Wolves
This trade could be franchise altering for the Minnesota Timberwolves, as they parted ways with one player who has been the face of the franchise recently, and welcome in multiple new players, one of which they expect to be the face of their franchise moving forward. Acquiring a player like Andrew Wiggins could have a huge impact on the Wolves future if he becomes the superstar that everyone expects him to become. With Anthony Bennett, there is plenty of upside left for the young power forward even after have a very tough rookie campaign. The Wolves also get a very good veteran player in Thaddeus Young, who provides the versatility that the Wolves like in their forwards. With these three players added to the Wolves, they now have the depth they need at the forward position with plenty of room to grow. As the Wolves roster is currently constructed, it may be a growing process in the coming season that will likely end with the team in contention for a Western Conference playoff spot at season's end. The future success of the Wolves franchise as a potential championship contender, largely rests on the development of Andrew Wiggins as a star in the NBA.
What this move means for the Cavaliers
This move means that the Cavaliers are now the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA finals. While the offseason addition of Lebron James, probably already had the Cavaliers in line to win the east, they are now better positioned to do so with the addition of an elite veteran talent at the power forward position. Even though the Cavaliers lose significant upside with the departure of Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, they still have a very talented young power forward in Tristan Thompson, who will learn the game of basketball behind Kevin Love. Being able to keep a player like Dion Waiters after making the trade with Minnesota, is another factor that will play a huge role for the Cavaliers in piecing together their starting lineup this coming season. For the Cavaliers, this was a move that means big things for the present and the near future as Lebron James plays out the rest of his prime years in Cleveland alongside Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. In the coming seasons, the Cavaliers will look to gain an edge over the best teams in the Western Conference, in their quest to take home multiple NBA championships.
What this move means for the 76ers
This move helps the 76ers to continue their rebuilding effort that is off to a strong start with the makings of a young core taking shape on their roster. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute can act as a mentor to Joel Embiid as a close friend of his from Cameroon. With Joel Embiid being a significant part of the 76ers future, having a player like this to help his development in the NBA is largely beneficial to the 76ers. Mbah a Moute is not the biggest part of the deal that went to the 76ers though, as they also received the Timberwolves 2015 first round draft pick. For Philadelphia, the opportunity to add more depth to their group of young talent, is more valuable than anything else. The 76ers know what they need to do in order to build a contending roster, and the addition of another first round pick goes a long way in their quest to find future stars. The 76ers plan continues to unfold moving into the future, and this move means they have taken a step towards strengthening that future.
This trade includes three teams that are at various stages of what they view as the road towards competing for championships. The 76ers in the early stages of their rebuilding effort, making the move to acquire the picks needed to add depth, and the veteran needed to mentor young talent. The Timberwolves making the move that leads to the departure of a veteran star, but their future stars have arrived and they have added some veteran depth to complement them in the coming seasons. The Cavaliers as the team that is ready right now to compete for a championship, adding the veteran star to their starting lineup as what could be the final piece to their championship roster. All of this together demonstrates how the various stages of building a championship team can come together, and how each team involved can benefit in a trade like this that sends the necessary assets to the ideal destination.