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Report: Cavs have handshake deal with Minnesota for Kevin Love

A trade that cannot be consummated until August 23rd might be a done deal.

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According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, a trade making All-Star power forward Kevin Love a Cleveland Cavalier has already been agreed to. In a radio interview with Chris Broussard and Ryan Ruocco for ESPN radio, Windhorst said that "The deal is done, but not done." Windhorst continued: "The teams have agreed, but they can't say they have agreed and they can't agree because we are in this weird moratorium period. Because you can't trade Andrew Wiggins until the 23rd of this month."

Windhorst says that the deal would involve Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins. Love has the opportunity to be a free agent next summer, so the Cavs are assuming some risk in making the deal. On the other hand, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins haven't proven anything in the NBA yet. Obviously Wiggins hasn't had his shot yet, and Bennett's final story has yet to be written, but that matters when you are trading for a top eight NBA player who affects the game like Kevin Love does. You know what you are getting, and you know that it's pretty awesome.

Next summer, the Cavs will be able to sell Love on playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and have his Bird rights to offer him more money than any other team in the league. It's very hard to see a scenario in which he went elsewhere from my perspective.

If Kevin Love does come to Cleveland, the Cavaliers are immediate and heavy favorites to win the Eastern Conference and have a shot against anyone that comes out of the West. It'd take time to get all the players on the same page, but the team's talent would be tremendous.