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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported today that the trade for Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins and other pieces has been agreed to by both sides and will be completed as soon as it is allowed by league rules.
Sources: Cavs have agreement for Kevin Love, including long-term contract commitment. Wiggins, Bennett, pick to Minn. http://t.co/r2KmO5owwY
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 7, 2014
In the deal, the Wolves pick up the 2014 #1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins, and 2013 #1 overall pick, Anthony Bennett, along with a protected 2015 first pick from the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers get an established superstar in Kevin Love that will form the new big 3 in the eastern conference, joining Lebron James and Kyrie Irving. As the report states, the trade cannot be completed until August 23rd, but the waiting period is merely a formality.
The deal reportedly includes a commitment from Kevin Love to re-sign with the Cavs in 2015. With the amount of value that the Cavs have parted with in the trade it would only make sense that they make certain they acquire a commitment from Love.
What this news means is that another big name free agent that the Los Angeles Lakers were surely to target is now off the table. The 2015 free agent season is still one year away yet the Lakers are already losing out much like they did in this just completed 2014 free agent season that saw them get shunned by Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Lebron James and even their own free agent, Pau Gasol who signed with Chicago.
The Lakers will now have to settle for what is still remaining in the 2015 free agent class, which at this point is still LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul Milsap, Rajon Rondo, Tyson Chandler, DeAndre Jordan, Marc Gasol, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay.
Two players that might end up becoming unrestricted free agents next off-season are Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe who are both at a standstill in terms of contract negotiations with their respective teams. If both players decide to pass on the contract offerings of their respective teams, they can opt for playing out the season for the qualifying offer, which would be around 5 million for Monroe and close to 4 million for Bledsoe, then, become unrestricted free agents next off-season.
Other players that could become available with them passing on their player’s option are Al Jefferson, Brook Lopez, Aaron Afflalo, Roy Hibbert, David West and Goran Dragic,
The passing of the torch from Kobe Bryant to the next superstar to lead the Lakers franchise future has been put on hold yet again. At this rate, the flame might have to be put out and the torch shelfed until 2016 or beyond, well after Kobe’s playing career has ended.