Minnesota Timberwolves better off without Kevin Love?

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Kevin Love is a great player, we know that.

But trading Love might just have been the best thing for the Timberwolves.

After all, they got a ton in exchange for him. And, this week, Minnesota fans paid the team back by purchasing 300 full season ticket packages, which set a record for a week for the team.

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The Associated Press says that the previous record came in 2011 when Ricky Rubio signed from Spain.

"The organization, from president-level on down has just been re-energized," Timberwolves senior vice president and chief revenue officer Ryan Tanke told AP. "Part of it is hope, and you have this great new hope.

"But then there's also the reality, which is it was a long, tough summer. For it to come to the head that it came to and have it be the outcome that we had, I think it creates this perfect storm environment for us."

Reason for optimism

Love is reportedly willing to sign long term with the Cavaliers. And why not, with LeBron James as a teammate?

The Wolves, however, just landed a guy who is likely to immediately become one of the most exciting players in the game. Andrew Wiggins caught a ton of attention in the summer league, even with the potential of the Love trade hanging over his head.

A star since a young age

Wiggins, as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune recently documented, has been living the life of a star basketball player for a long time.

He spent one year at Kansas, has a $12 million shoe contract and apparently got the nickname (because he grew up in Canada “Maple Jordan” at a young age.

His parents are a former NBA player and a two-time Olympic medalist.

More than just Wiggins

The guy often ignored in the trade, which also included a first-round pick, is 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett. He went from a surprise No. 1 overall pick to a terrible rookie, quickly being labeled a bust.

He made in the low 20 percent of his shots two of his first three months in the league and appeared to be out of shape after an offseason shoulder injury. CBS used Basketball Reference stats to show he had one of the top 10 worst rookie seasons ever.

But Bennett, like Wiggins a Canadian, was in better shape this summer and maybe, just maybe, he will be able to succeed now with expectations lowered and a complete change of scenery.

"AB's biggest trouble last year was he never really had the opportunity to play enough," coach David Blatt said to CBS about Bennett during Las Vegas Summer League.

"Because he was either hurt or not in good physical shape. As you can see, he worked very hard at that. That's a good first step. He did some good things."

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