Cleveland Will Acquire Star to Play Alongside LeBron in Blockbuster NBA Trade

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Aug. 7 2014 11:13 AM

Cleveland Will Acquire Star to Play Alongside LeBron in Blockbuster NBA Trade

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Kevin Love during a past showdown with his prospective new teammate.

Photo by Steve Mitchell/USA Today/Reuters

The Cleveland Cavaliers will acquire star forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for two prospects—including this year's top draft pick, Andrew Wiggins—and a future draft choice, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. The trade can't be completed until Aug. 23 because of league transaction rules, so for now it is officially a Secret:

The precise deal terms have been agreed upon for weeks, but the teams and Love plan to stay silent about the particulars until the trade is announced in 16 days, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Love will join superstar LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to create the most devastating trio in the NBA and will instantly make the Cavaliers a frontrunner to win the NBA championship.
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Love will reportedly also sign a new contract with the Cavaliers that will keep him in Cleveland through 2020.

Love and current Cavalier Kyrie Irving have played together previously in a quasi-Punk'd-style Pepsi commercial in which they play old guys who show up to the park and start kicking butt:

Now we'll see what they can do when they're not wearing prosthetic makeup (and the best basketball player in the world is also on their team).

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