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Kevin Love Trade

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So in Lebrons first move as a GM/executive and player…

Finally, and to be honest its Andrew Wiggins I am happy for but the Kevin Love/Wiggins saga is over, I am happy because I think this guy is going to be a star and this has been an absolute horrible way to start of your career, not knowing where to buy your house, where you are going to live or if your team even wants you, Wiggins even said “I just want to play for someone that wants me.”

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As expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly agreed on the principles of a multi-player, blockbuster trade for the All-Star forward. The Cavs will send rookie Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick to Minny in exchange for Love. To be honest Love isn’t injury prone it’s a good trade for both teams, even though it baffles me when thinking of what Minny could of got from Golden State Warriors.

Cleveland is making the deal with Minnesota with a firm agreement Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $120 million-plus contract extension, league sources said.

The deal cannot be finalized until Aug. 23, because Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, cannot be traded until one month after the signing of his rookie contract. The two teams have agreed to the deal, but neither would have recourse if the other decided to pull out of the arrangement before it can be formally completed this month. No third team is involved in the Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade agreement.

Part of the Cavaliers’ motivation in making the deal for Love was a belief Love would have ended up with the rival Chicago Bulls in a trade and created a significant obstacle in the Eastern Conference, sources said. Cleveland wouldn’t have had the salary-cap space to sign Love next summer and could have only obtained him through the trade with Minnesota in a deal now.

Minnesota reportedly still hopes to get rid of J.J. Barea, Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved, so it really sounds like they plan to start all over again and rebuild around Wiggins and Rubio, with fingers crossed as to whether Bennet can play.

The LeBron James-Kyrie Irving-Kevin Love trio likely makes Cleveland the favorite to win the 2015 NBA title, and inarguably the most intriguing squad in the L.

Love, 25, averaged 26 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Timberwolves last season. His run in Minnesota ends after six seasons and three All-Star appearances.

Sky sports has them as the favourites to win next year and it will be very interesting, no PG, a healthy Derrick Rose and I hope a Bledsoe to Miami then don’t forget the Zen master in New York, story lines aplenty, look out for the Wizards and the Bobcats in the east as well trust me it’s going to be an amazing year.

 

NBA Predictions: 2014-2015 Season

Is Lebron the answer?

So in case you been living under a rock, Lebron is back in Cleveland, he’s back home and this time he has a little help Kyrie Irving and with Kevin Love to mention a few names, so are the new-look Cavs’ are instant contenders with the gapping lack of defence? With a rookie head coach in David Blatt making the calls from the bench, is this right guy to lead Cleveland.

“King James” will once again need to ascend from his throne to lead this team if they are to win their first championship.

Is revenge the biggest motivator?

Is the bitter wife, left at the altar going to show revenge is sweet? They may no longer have LeBron James, but the Heat is still a very formidable team. I think this might be the most underrated team in the NBA, Luol Deng while not as athletic was essentially brought in to replace LeBron is a good player, Chris Bosh an all-star and if Dwayne wade one of the best shooting guards of all can stay healthy and ball out why the hell is this not a top team, we got the  supporting cast –consisting of Chris Andersen, Mario Chalmers, and Udonis Haslem among others- of solid players on board, the loss of James will be easier to digest and I think they will be a problem this year.

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Has Rose got the bulls seeing red

Can Derrick Rose stay healthy, this is the question we all want to know the second comeback of the air to MJ, but that’s just the beginning…… The Bulls failed to land scoring machine Carmelo Anthony in free agency, but they still managed to put together a solid roster. They got much stronger adding people like Pau Gasol, drafted the NCAA’s fifth all-time leading scorer Doug McDermott, finally brought over European prospect Nikola Mirotic and have returning players in Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Kirk Hinrich. This is going to be a top team a scary team.

Then you got the top defensive coach Tom Thibodeau, and the Bulls are now one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. The Bulls have improved in every aspect of the game with the roster moves they made over the summer, and the rest of league has now been put on notice.

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Can my Spurs repeat

I make no secret of my San Antonio love and with EVERYONE coming back is HUGE, this hardly ever happens. The San Antonio Spurs are still the cream of the crop in “The Association”. Whoever comes out on top of the east will more than likely have to go through Gregg Popovich’s squad.

With last year’s championship team still basically intact (which features Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and a host of other players), the rest of the Western Conference will need a championship effort to dethrone the Spurs. The chances of that happening however are very slim.

This is going to be exciting.

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Kobe last stand Nash let it go

Nash is injured again from carrying shopping bags or something stupid, please Nash let it go you are done, anyway moving on to the 40th ranked Kobe (ridiculous, blasphemous), Kobe Bryant is facing his NBA mortality. In his own words, “Soon, but not yet.” It’s a testament to the ferocity with which he’s attacked his career that even though logic and a basic understanding of human biology tell us that, yes, definitely yes, Kobe is near the end of his NBA career, just writing it out like this carries a faint hint of danger. It’s a bit like an aging dictator not showing up for his breakfast one morning; who dares go into his bedroom to check on him?

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What are you looking forward to this season?

Cavaliers Trade Andrew Wiggins: Bad Idea

Higgins1. Kevin Love never in his life has played a full season of games, this team is awful defensively and if Kevin Love goes down, and history says he will go down for a few games at least, your down to Lebron, Ivring and who? It makes sense now but lets assume LeBron isn’t lying and plans to retire a cav, wouldn’t it make sense to build for the future, why not surround LeBron with some of the best young talent in the business.

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2. Furthermore Kevin Love is a free agent next year, Wiggins is a rookie so for at least 3 years he’s going to be on a rookie contract, why not just take Kevin Love for free next year, or any other free agent (to which there are a few) and keep one of the best young rising stars in the NBA at a minimum price giving you Wiggins, Iviring, LeBron and another superstar.

There’s another caveat to all this, though, and that’s the hit bringing on Kevin Love would have on the salary cap. Love is set to make $16.7 million next season, and with that the front office would have a much harder time building up the rest of their roster. Wiggins, however, is expected to sign a deal worth $5-$6 million in his first season, leaving plenty of room for the team to sign another free agent to a lucrative contract or even a handful of role players.

3. The Heat was expected to win championships right off the bat, and with that came some problems. Because of the construction of the roster — Wade, LeBron and Bosh each signing for a shade under the max — the team was only going to go as far as that trio took them. While it was highly successful, it was an unsustainable plan, one that was clearly due for a change in wake of their five game losses to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. With Kevin Love whilst that team wouldn’t even be the 3rd best team in the West , it has put a target on its back, and is not expected to make the playoffs putting pressure on a young team with only 2 players on the whole team who have even been to the playoffs. The pressure that this team faces is going to be a mental struggle and its time to see if LeBron is really the leader we believe him to be without Wade.

4. Bryant, who was selected 13th overall back in 1996 by the Hornets, was sent to the Lakers in a pre-draft agreement that saw center Vlade Divac go to Charlotte. And, five championships, one MVP, and two finals MVP awards later, Charlotte is probably shaking their heads. And Kobe Byrant has said trading Wiggins is as dumb a mistake as when the Hornets traded him, if KOBE SAID IT, IT MUST BE TRUE.

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