Trade Grades: Cavs get all the love

Breaking down Kevin Love deal for Cleveland, Minnesota and Philadelphia

Updated: August 23, 2014, 3:32 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins Getty ImagesCleveland expects to win now with Kevin Love, but Andrew Wiggins gives Minnesota long-term hope.

The deal

Cleveland Cavaliers get: Forward Kevin Love

Minnesota Timberwolves get: Guard/forward Andrew Wiggins, forward Anthony Bennett, forward Thaddeus Young and a $6.3 million trade exception.

Philadelphia 76ers get: Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, Alexey Shved, a future first-round pick (Miami's 2015 protected first-round pick)


Cleveland: A

The history of trades involving superstars is clear: The team getting the star almost always wins. This particular trade is somewhat unique because of the quality of the player heading the other direction. In Wiggins, the Cavaliers are giving up the No. 1 pick in what was considered a loaded draft, a player our Chad Ford called one of the 10 best draft prospects of the past 15 years. And this deal should still be a steal for Cleveland.