The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves have finally agreed on a trade that sends Kevin Love to Cleveland. After speculation grew following LeBron James's decision to return, the two parties were finally able to agree on a trade that benefits both teams.
Minnesota gets this year's first overall pick Andrew Wiggins and the 2013 number one overall pick Anthony Bennet, along with a protected 2015 first round draft pick.
Part of this deal is the guarantee that Love will opt out of his contract in 2015, and sign with the team long term. That deal should be an easy sign for both parties, which would pay Love $120 million over five years.
The deal cannot be finalized until August 23rd, because Andrew Wiggins' rookie contract does not allow him to be traded until 30 days after it is signed. The next 16 days expect rumors of each team pulling out to surface, and either team is free to pull out of the deal. That is not likely though, because if there was a better offer out there it probably would have been available by now.
According to Yahoo Sports, the real motivation behind this signing was the possibility of Kevin Love ending up on a rival in the Eastern Conference, such as the Chicago Bulls. Cleveland's only option to acquire Love was via trade, because they do not have the cap space to sign him outright.
This deal benefits both teams, and is the best deal available to the Timberwolves. The Cavaliers and Timberwolves received the players they desired, so they should be able to rest easy.