Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Kevin Love will join LeBron James in Cleveland next season after the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to trade the All-Star forward to the Cavaliers for No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick.
The trade cannot be finalized until Aug. 23 because draft picks cannot be traded until 30 days after signing a new contract. Wiggins signed a rookie contract on July 24.
The deal gives Cleveland their own Big Three with Love playing alongside James and Kyrie Irving, boosting the city’s chances of clinching its first title in 50 years.
The 25-year-old Love is coming off his best season, one in which he averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists.
He is a top power forward who can rebound and shoot 3-pointers but his efforts weren’t enough to put the Timberwolves into the playoffs.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Love clinched the trade agreement by committing to re-sign with Cleveland next summer for five years and $120 million-plus after opting out of his contract.
However, that arrangement would be a violation of NBA rules because the Cavs and Love can make no such adeal about the future, even verbally, without violating salary cap circumvention rules in the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
Love has made it widely known that he intends to opt out of his contract at season’s end, wherever he is, to become a free agent in July 2015, but the circumvention rules state that any discussions between the Cavs and Love regarding any future contract cannot take place until Love becomes a free agent next summer.