Kevin Love officially plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dion Waiters, Shawn Marion, Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, Mike Miller, James Jones and Matthew Dellavedova all play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs officially announced the trade today:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired forward Kevin Love in a three-team trade that sends guard Andrew Wiggins and forward Anthony Bennett to Minnesota and a projected 2015 first round pick (via Miami) to Philadelphia, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. As part of the three-team trade, Minnesota will also acquire forward Thaddeus Young from the 76ers, while Philadelphia receives forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved from the Timberwolves.
David Griffin commented on the trade as well, taking time to recognize Wiggins and Bennett and the “start” to their careers in Minnesota:
“Kevin joining the Cavaliers represents a very special and unique opportunity for our team. At only 25, Kevin has already firmly established himself as one the NBA’s elite players and his talent, versatility and fit are major parts of our team’s vision for success,” said Griffin. “We want to also wish Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett the best as they will continue the start of their careers in Minnesota. They are both outstanding young men that have great potential on the court and long, very successful careers ahead of them.”
A day that many Cleveland fans never thought could happen, has! The Cavs have the best player in the league in James. They have the best shooting big man in the league, and a top 5 to 10 player, in Love. They have the All Star Game MVP, possible starting point guard for Team USA and a Top 5 point guard in Irving. Not since the Indians of the mid to late ’90s has a Cleveland team fielded so many stars.
The stars have aligned Cleveland. We are likely to compete for a NBA Title this year.
The two videos below, both from an old Transformers: The Movie cartoon are the best description of this off-season. The first is how Cavs felt at the end of last season, choked out and desperate. Then everything fell into place:
The second is the feeling that came when LeBron decided to come home:
How are you feeling right now?