What Will It Take for the Cavs to Land Kevin Love?

 

Andrew Wiggins must be included in any deal from the Cavs. (Photo credit: John Locher AP Photo)

Andrew Wiggins must be included in any deal from the Cavs. (Photo credit: John Locher AP Photo)

Unless you just woke up from a 24 hour nap, you are well aware that LeBron James has decided to return to Cleveland and rejoin Dan Gilbert’s Cavs. Immediately, this decision opened up the trade rumors of Wolves’ All-Pro Kevin Love being sent to Cleveland to join LeBron and Kyrie Irving to form the latest edition of “the big three”.

However, the reports and rumors are swirling that Cleveland does not want to give up Andrew Wiggins, the #1 pick from last month’s draft. For most Wolves fans, this is a non-starter in negotiations. Either Wiggins is included in the deal or there is no deal. Wolves’ fans have to hope that Flip Saunders doesn’t blink first in negotiations with the Cavs front office. [Read more...]

Putting Timberwolves thru the NBA Trade Machine

Putting Timberwolves thru the Trade Machine & this is one of the more appealing deals to be had ... I think

Putting Timberwolves thru the Trade Machine & this is one of the more appealing deals to be had … I think

The Timberwolves came into the 2013/14 season with high expectations, or at the very least, expectations of being a playoff team in a loaded Western Conference.  After a hot start, the team has cooled down some and is floating around what I like to call the Mason-Dixon Line, i.e. playing around .500 ball.  The schedule has done the team no favors, but that is completely out of the team’s control.  What we do know from the first third of the season is that the team is lacking in the depth department.  Coach Adelman is relying too heavily on his starters and a seven/eight man rotation is going to pay unkind dividends come March and April.

With that train of thought in mind, I took a look around the league and played with the NBA Trade Machine to find a few potential deals that might make sense for the Wolves and its trade partner.  I am considering the following players untouchable: Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Kevin Love, and Nikola Pekovic.  While I don’t think Corey Brewer is a chip that would be dangled out there, I also wouldn’t consider him untouchable.  These trades are largely built with the thought of improving our depth and are not blockbuster deals. [Read more...]

Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavs, 2/11/13

Photo Credit: Elite Daily

Photo Credit: Elite Daily

The Timberwolves will complete the latter portion of their back-to-back Monday night in Cleveland after Sunday’s loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis.  Earlier this season, the Wolves took care of the Cavs rather easily on the Target Center floor.  Kyrie Irving missed the first match-up so this will be the first opportunity for Wolves fans to see last season’s Rookie of the Year against their hometown favorite.  Kyrie is having a whale of a season since returning from his injury, averaging 24 points and 5.5 assists per game.

The Cavs come into Monday’s match-up with a 16-35 record, dropping their last game on Saturday night at home against the Nuggets.  Prior to Saturday’s loss the team had won three in a row, including a victory on 2/2 against the OKC Thunder.

As discussed ad nauseum at this point, the Wolves are in the midst of a long stretch of bad basketball going into the All Star weekend.  The team desperately needs the break to get here quickly in an effort to recharge the battery a bit.  Similar to the past few games, the team will be without Andrei Kirilenko against the Cavs.  After JJ Barea skipped Sunday’s game against the Grizzlies, it will be interesting to see if he tries to give it a go on Monday night.

Player to watch:

Dion Waiters – Similar to Irving, the rookie missed this season’s earlier match-up against the Wolves.  Waiters is out of Syracuse, which of course is the bane of current Wolves’ fans existence given the utter failure of their own, recent draft picks (Flynn and Johnson).  Naturally, Waiters is performing much better than those two and is having a solid rookie season, averaging 14 ppg.  The match-up against Ridnour and Shved should lead to big night from Waiters.

Match-up to watch:

Ricky Rubio vs. Kyrie Irving.  There wasn’t any doubt here, was there?  Monday night affords us another opportunity to watch two, young PG’s that are likely to be a main part of the NBA’s marketing plans for the next decade.  As mentioned earlier, Kyrie has been phenomenal this year for the Cavs.  At the same time, Rubio has turned the corner in the past week or two and is looking like him old self.  This should be a tremendous match-up to watch.

Predictions:

Without Kirilenko again and coming off of a game Sunday night, I expect the Wolves to look flat.

Final score prediction: Twolves 86, Cavs 94

Three stars of the game predictions:

  1. Kyrie Irving
  2. Ricky Rubio
  3. Dion Waiters

Let’s go Wolves!