Kevin Love and LeBron James, who played together for Team USA in 2012, are reunited. (Source: USATSI)
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 protected 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
"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."
Voted as a starter for
the Western Conference in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, Love appeared in 77 games
(all starts) for Minnesota last season and averaged a career-high 26.1 points
on .457 shooting, including .376 from beyond the arc and .821 from the foul
line, 12.5 rebounds and a career-high 4.4 assists in 36.3 minutes per game.
Among NBA leaders, the 6-10, 243-pound forward ranked first in double-doubles
(65), first in defensive rebounds per game (9.6), third in total rebounds per
game (12.5), fourth in points per game (26.1), tied for fourth in
triple-doubles (3) and tied for eighth in three-pointers made (190). In
2013-14, Love became the first player in NBA history to record 2,000 points,
900 rebounds and 100 three-pointers in a single season, while also setting
Minnesota's franchise record for three-pointers made in a season, points per
game, and free throws made (520) and attempted (633).
Love is the first player
to average 26/12/4 over a full season since the NBA/ABA merger as Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar and Bob McAdoo had most recently accomplished that feat in
1975-76. He also scored in double figures in all 77 games last season, which
includes 57 games with at least 20 points, a Wolves' franchise record 25
30-point games and six 40-point performances. He collected a league-leading 24
contests with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and possessed
the third highest PER in the NBA at 26.97, behind only Kevin Durant (29.90) and
LeBron James (29.40).
Over his six-year NBA
career, Love has played in 364 games (282 starts) for the Timberwolves and owns
career averages of 19.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 36.3 minutes
per game. He is a three-time NBA All-Star (2011, 2012, 2014), two-time All-NBA
Second Team selection (2012, 2014), Olympic gold medalist (2012) and winner of
the league's Most Improved Player award (2011) and Three-Point Shootout (2012).
The UCLA product was selected to the All-Rookie Second Team in 2009 after being
the 5th overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Memphis
Grizzlies. He has averaged at least 14 points and 11 rebounds in five of his
six NBA seasons and since entering the league, his 12.2 rebounds per game is
the second-highest in the NBA (Dwight Howard, 13.3). Since 1980-81, Love is one
of only three players to have at least two seasons with 26.0 points and 12.5
rebounds (2011-12, 2013-14), joining Shaquille O'Neal (4) and Moses Malone (2).
Love will wear #0 with the Cavs.
Wiggins was the first
overall pick by the Cavaliers in this year's NBA Draft. An early entry
candidate from Kansas University, Wiggins, 19, was named Big 12 Freshman of the
Year and First-Team All-League in his only year at Kansas. In 35 contests
with the Jayhawks last year, the 6-8, 194-pound guard averaged 17.1 points, 5.9
rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block in 32.8 minutes per game. In four games
during the 2014 NBA Summer League, Wiggins averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds,
1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game.
Bennett was the Cavs'
No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, appearing in 52 games and averaging 4.2
points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game in 2013-14. The 6-8, 243-pound
forward out of UNLV also played in four contests for the Cavs' summer league
team with averages of 13.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per
The Cavs will send
Philadelphia a protected first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The pick was
originally acquired from the Miami Heat and is pick 1-10 protected in 2015 and
2016. The pick becomes unprotected in 2017.
The Cavs will hold an introductory press conference with Kevin Love and Cavs General Manager David Griffin on Tuesday, August 26 at 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Courts.
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