Aug. 07, 2014
Minnesota Loves Love Trade
The Minnesota Timberwolves never got anything going as a team with Kevin Love.
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A Spanish import, tabbed to be the next Steve Nash. Ricky Rubio's book certainly isn't closed, but it certainly was when Love was around.
Scrap-heap players like JJ Barea, Alexey Shved, etc., graced the team with serviceable time on the court. However, they were certainly not impact players that could bring wins to Minnesota.
Corey Brewer offered his defense. There isn't much else to be written about on him.
Nikola Pekovic still stands at center, a cornerstone for future years.
Gorgui Dieng, a breakout bigman sensation last season.
Talented, athletic Zach LeVine could stand to make an impact as a guard alongside Rubio.
Kevin Martin will be the everlasting shooter, the quintessential sidekick like Mike Miller, Ray Allen, the sharpshooters.
The story of unused talent alongside middling professionals ends now.
With the Cavaliers sending Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and 2015's 1st round draft pick for Kevin Love, the Timberwolves successfully got two #1 picks for Love. They unload a huge contract for two cost-controlled players, and a third to come.
The T'Wolves will have insurmountable depth on a team that will look like this:
G: Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Zach LeVine, JJ Barea, Alexey Shved, Shabazz Mohammed
SF: Andrew Wiggins, Corey Brewer, Chase Budinger
F/C: Anthony Bennett, Nikola Pekovic, Gorgui Dieng
With this trade, the T'Wolves have ended mediocrity.
Bold call: T'Wolves will be a top 6 seed in the playoffs this season.