The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send all-star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Canadians Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.
The deal can’t be officially completed until Aug. 23 because Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, can’t be traded until one month after the signing of his rookie contract.
Wiggins, from Vaughan, Ont., was selected with the top pick by Cleveland after spending one year in the NCAA with Kansas. He is a prized prospect with notable athleticism and potential as an elite defender, though he comes across as low key and his competitiveness has been questioned.
Bennett, from Brampton, Ont., was picked first overall by the Cavaliers in 2013 but struggled in his rookie season because of injury problems that affected his conditioning.
He hopes to rebound this season after an impressive showing in the NBA’s summer league.
Citing unnamed sources, the report says Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, US$120 million-plus contract extension.
© The Canadian Press, 2014