Apr 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Even though the NFL preseason gets underway in earnest tonight, now that LeBron James is back in Ohio, the next NBA bombshell is always just a phone call or mouse-click away. Adrian Wojnarowski delivered the latest blockbuster news on Yahoo! Sports today when he reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers will trade for Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward Kevin Love. Buckeyes everywhere can rejoice, because the Love and LeBron show has one purpose only: to win NBA titles.
According to Wojnarowski’s sources, the Cavs will send former number 1 picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, along with a 2015 first-round pick, to the T-Wolves in order to pick up LeBron’s new running mate. With Kyrie Irving still in the fold, Love’s arrival will cap off the formation of a new Big Three, North Edition.
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A quick comparison of the Cavs’ new core with that of the Miami Heat circa 2010 shows that Cleveland should be well-positioned to make several title runs before LeBron’s mojo starts to fade.
- LeBron in 2014 is still in his prime, maybe not quite at his physical peak of three or four years ago, but any drop-off is not discernible.
- Kyrie Irving is not the Dwyane Wade of 2010, at least not yet, but Irving is just 22 years old and has tons of upside and many years left to delight Cleveland fans.
- Love doesn’t block quite as well as Chris Bosh does, but he is at least as good a scorer and a superior rebounder. At 25, Love is also a year younger than Bosh was when the Heat built their super team, and Wojnarowski reports that Love has committed verbally to a five-year extension with the Cavs as part of the deal.
So, while a nation wept in joy when the Boston Red Sox finally killed the Curse of the Bambino in 2004, and a World Series title for the Chicago Cubs would shock the world, the NBA is about to deliver the biggest underdog-done-good story of our lifetimes.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to win an NBA title. Maybe two … or three … or four.