While the Cleveland Browns open Training Camp the Cleveland Cavaliers may be closer to the total revamp of their roster. New reports out that Kevin Love has requested a trade to the Cavs:
Multiple sources under impression TWolves star Kevin Love has requested trade to Cavs to/through agent. Story: http://t.co/tSXP6Ujud7
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 26, 2014
It is encouraging for the Cavs that Love isn’t just requesting a trade but that he the trade he wants is to the Cleveland. For the Cavs, and for the city of Cleveland, this may be the first time a star player, or his agent, has ever uttered those words. It also further limits the Timberwolves leverage. Report yesterday was that Love has told other teams he plans to sign with the Cavs next year no matter what.
This is a smart move for both Love and the Cavs. Love seems bent on joining the team that seems to have a great chance at making the NBA Finals. To make these things publicly known the Cavs may be able to keep more assets, specifically Andrew Wiggins, that can help the team. The Cavs and Love benefit from this new found leverage. Love can be surrounded by 2 dynamic defenders in LeBron James and Wiggins, while sharing the court with 2 dynamic offensive players in James and Kyrie Irving.
Expect the Timberwolves to leak a new report in the next couple days of a new contender for Love. If not a new suitor, a team like the Bulls or Warriors upping their offer or “getting serious.” The Wolves are doing their best to try to get as much as possible for a huge asset like Love. The Cavs could easily overplay their hand, but with Love determined to play for them another team may not take a risk.
A deal without Wiggins likely includes Anthony Bennett, at least 2 but more likely 3 first round picks and players to flesh out the rest of the deal. Likely one of those players is Dion Waiters but keeping both Waiters and Wiggins would create a dynamic, and deep, team. Waiters could lead a second team as the point guard, with Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Tristan Thompson and Brandon Haywood rounding out the second five.
What do you make of this new report?