Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has spoken. And with that, we end all speculation of what the Kevin Love trade might look like. We pretty much know at this point, for all intents and purposes.
Sources: Cavs have agreement for Kevin Love, including long-term contract commitment. Wiggins, Bennett, pick to Minn. http://t.co/r2KmO5owwY
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 7, 2014
Follow the link in the above tweet to check out Woj’s full piece on the agreement. Most notable is that Love has apparently entered a handshake agreement with the Cavs saying that he will exercise his Early Termination Option next summer and re-sign on a five-year, $120 million contract. This is likely what finally tipped the scales for Cleveland.
The other interesting (non)development is the curious absence of a third team. No 76ers to be found, it appears. Of course, things could still change in the next two-plus weeks as far as ancillary pieces and a potential third team. Or, as has been suggested at length by local scribes, the alternate option to a three-team pact is that Flip Saunders will follow this blockbuster up with a trade (or two) that occur separately but more or less in conjunction with the Love-Wiggins deal.
Woj mentions in his article that the Wolves are looking to offload J.J. Barea, Alexey Shved, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the former two of which make a ton of sense. The desire to shed a legitimate rotation piece in Mbah a Moute is definitely a bit baffling, however.
Regardless, it seems as though Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young is still a desired target of Saunders and Co. It’s unclear what the Sixers will be looking for in return, but rerouting Anthony Bennett with a pick seems like a real possibility.
I’ve covered the advantages of Young over Bennett at length here at DWW, but if/when we find out whether or not this secondary swap is taking place, we’ll have a more long-form analysis. But let’s just say that I hope it happens.
Let’s see what responses from other media folks that have been hot on the trail of breaking the final agreement (ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst, ESPN 1500’s Darren Wolfson, etc.) might have to say in response to this morning’s WojBomb.