Apr 13, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) runs up the court after scoring against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-103. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cleveland offered 2013 first overall pick, Thompson, and Waiters for Love


According to Mary Schmitt Boyer from The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers made an interesting offer for Kevin Love last summer.

Allegedly, Cleveland offered Minnesota the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, Tristan Thompson, and Dion Waiters in exchange for Love. Mercifully, new POBO Flip Saunders turned down this rumored deal, and the Cavs are still searching for that piece that will supposedly lure LeBron James back to Ohio.

Of course, that offer was laughable at best. Waiters is essentially an inefficient, hefty chucker that fancies himself a ‘natural scorer’. Thompson is a nice player, but will never be more than a rotational piece/third big on a playoff team. And the number one overall pick in one of the worst drafts in recent memory, well, it wasn’t your typical #1 draft pick. Embarrassingly, the Cavs ended up reaching for the chunky version of Derrick Williams (Anthony Bennett), and likely kicked away that selection altogether.

Somehow, there are folks out there in Internet Land that believe that this offer was of the ‘Godfather’ variety, and the Wolves have already overplayed their hand. Clearly, if Saunders turned down this offer, he’ll simply keep turning down offers throughout the next calender year. In the NBA, teams cannot afford to simply fork over a top-six player who might leave, in two years, for two or three unknowns. Wolves fans have certainly seen their fair share of mismanagement up close and personal, but accepting a trade like this would have been as hideous and costly an example as possible.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer piece goes on to suggest that the Wolves don’t need guards, and alas, guards are the only thing that the Cavs could offer. This is blatantly erroneous, of course. The Wolves do, in fact, need guards. They have a starting point guard (Ricky Rubio), and the only other point guard on the roster is J.J. Barea, whom they are likely trying to move. The only true shooting guard is Kevin Martin, although Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger can masquerade as such if need be.

Also, as it turns out, if the Wolves traded Love, how many power forwards would remain on the current roster? The answer, of course, is zero. Dante Cunningham is a free agent, not to mention a role player and alleged felon, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is more small forward than he is a ’4′.

The Cavaliers are simply not a match for the Wolves if they were indeed trying to move their superstar.

Don’t worry, we’ll cover any and all Kevin Love trade “rumors” throughout the off-season, and laugh heartily at those that deserve a large amount of scorn. This alleged offer by the Cleveland Cavaliers falls squarely into such a category.

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  • Justin1978

    I still say that the Suns and Bulls are the most likely destination if Love wants out of Minnesota. They have the assets and Love would likely want to resign with those teams. The Bulls make the most sense because they have Taj Gibson, rights to Mirotic and a couple 1st rounders. The Suns make sense because they have the Morris twins and who keep getting better and multiple 1st round picks. Markieff Morris and Taj Gibson could immediately start for the Wolves at PF. I doubt they will trade Love to a team without a proven PF on the roster to give back. I don’t see them trading Love at all if they are in playoff contention next year. These will be deadline deals that could help both teams involved if the Wolves are on the outside of the playoffs again.

  • Marq

    I think this article is the type made by someone who actually possesses little information on the actual value of Tristan and Dion I believe Tristan led the eastern conference in Offensive rebounds while playing alongside Andy who grabs a great share of his own and Dion while coming off the bench was very much in the discussion for sixth man of the year and has lots of potential and to say that the First overall pick would of been great to pick up Victor O MKW or most likely Giannas the greek freak so honestly this was a good deal while saying that kevin love getting injured more and more makes this a more reasonable offer. But i would of went either way in this deal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xonstage xonstage

    So, the writer admits the Wolves have no power forward and no guards – yet claims this would have been a bad deal…ok. Minny could’ve plugged two of those spots, plus one, with this deal. Dion could cover the 1 and 2 spots, as needed. Tristan would give them the power forward and they’d be in the position to decide whether to shore up their guard spots (Oladipo or McLemore) or choose a frontcourt player (Bennett, Porter, Noel, Len). They may have been able to eke out a future pick from Cleveland.

    I have no idea what Minnesota expects to get for Kevin Love. But, the days of trading superstar for superstar are all but gone.