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After LeBron James went to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the biggest story for the rest of the NBA offseason was what would happen to Kevin Love.
The All-Star Timberwolves big man has a year left on his contract before free agency, and he was unlikely to return to Minnesota. As a result, the organization worked to find a way to get some value in return.
While the deal has not yet been officially completed, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports there is an agreement in place to send Love to Cleveland for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future No. 1 pick. The deal also mandates that the forward agree to sign an extension with the Cavs.
This appears to be a great deal for both teams because it gives the Cavaliers another piece that can immediately help the squad win a title. And the Timberwolves receive some talented young players who could be stars at this level.
However, it will still be emotional for Love to return to Minnesota after six great seasons with the club. Hopefully there will be no hard feelings from the fans.
On the other hand, Wiggins and Bennett will try to show that Cleveland made a mistake by getting rid of them. Wiggins has remained patient in the process, telling reporters, per the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, "Whatever happens is out of my control. I'm not worrying about it right now."
Despite always saying the right thing, you can be sure the first overall pick in the 2014 draft will be out to prove he was worth the selection.
With so many storylines to monitor and much more on the line than a victory, this game will have a unique vibe that fans on both sides will have no trouble getting into. These teams also compete in December, but the trip up to Minnesota will be when things really get interesting.