Wiggins-to-Wolves NBA deal finally done

NBA top draft pick Andrew Wiggins at his old school for a promotional shoot with BioSteel Sports, a...

NBA top draft pick Andrew Wiggins at his old school for a promotional shoot with BioSteel Sports, a nutritional company, at Glen Shields Public School in Vaughan, Ont. on August 11, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

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The wait is finally over.

The Kevin Love trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers was made Saturday, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced.

Previously, multiple media outlets reported that the teams involved in the deal called the NBA office.

The Timberwolves sent Love, an All-Star power forward, to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Minnesota received guard/forward Andrew Wiggins and center Anthony Bennett from Cleveland. Wiggins was the No. 1 pick in this year's draft and Bennett was the top draft choice in 2013. The Timberwolves also get a trade exception believed to be worth at least $4 million.

The Timberwolves also received forward Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers also confirmed the deal.

Minnesota dealt Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and a future first-round draft pick to Philadelphia.

"We are excited to add three young, talented and athletic players to our team in Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said in a statement. "With the additions of Wiggins, Bennett and Zach LaVine this summer, we have brought in three exciting young athletes who all have the potential to have an impact in this league. All three of them complement each other very well and we believe they will be foundations of our team for years to come. In Young we are getting a proven NBA player who is entering the prime of his career. Our fans will enjoy watching these exciting players this coming season and beyond.

"I appreciate all that Kevin, Luc and Alexey have done for our organization and wish them the best of luck with their new teams."

The teams had to wait 30 days to make the trade public after Cleveland signed Wiggins on July 24. Draft picks who sign cannot be traded until at least 30 days afterward.

With the addition of Love, the Cavaliers are expected to be the top contender to win the Eastern Conference next season. Star forward LeBron James left the Miami Heat and signed a free agent deal with Cleveland. The Cavaliers also have point guard Kyrie Irving.

The Timberwolves get help at power forward with Young after losing Love and some young talent with the addition of Wiggins and Bennett.

"I want to personally thank Kevin Love for his six seasons with the Wolves," Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. "On the floor, Kevin has worked hard to make himself a great player in the NBA. He also made it a priority to give back to the community through his Coat Drive and numerous other charitable endeavors. He represented the state of Minnesota well during his time with us and we wish him nothing but the best in Cleveland. I also want to thank Luc and Alexey for their contributions to the team and wish them well in Philadelphia.

"I am truly excited to welcome Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to our team. Adding these young players, along with our No. 1 pick from this year, Zach LaVine, to our existing squad gives us a solid nucleus for the future."

The Sixers get another draft pick to help build for the future and two expiring contracts to give them cap relief after next season to add more talent.


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