The league's worst kept secret was that Kevin Love was going to the Cavs for Andrew Wiggins and other pieces but they couldn't announce it till today because of CBA restrictions on trading signed draft picks. There were some (like me) hoping that the Celtics would be able to shoe-horn themselves into this deal to pick up an asset or two. While that didn't happen we can officially put this saga to bed, which is nice.
With the 30 days up since No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins signed his rookie contract, the Cleveland Cavaliers have officially dealt Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three-way trade that nets the Cavs star power forward Kevin Love, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Cavs 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett joins Wiggins in Minnesota, along with Thaddeus Young, who heads to the Wolves from the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers get the expiring contracts of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and the Miami Heat's 2015 first-round pick via Cleveland.
So what does this mean for the Celtics (aside from closure)? Probably nothing much, but if any other trades around the league were being held up waiting for this deal to become official, maybe this will shake them free now. It is interesting to note that the Suns tried to make a last minute pitch to trade Eric Bledsoe to the Wolves for Kevin Love.
Another data point is the fact that the Timberwolves are not blowing things up. They added Young in order to (sort of) replace Love and keep them competitive for the time being. We'll see how that works out for them in the ultra-competitive West (where they couldn't even make the playoffs despite having Love).
There's still some time left before training camp. We'll see if Danny Ainge can find a taker for Keith Bogans or Brandon Bass or whomever. As always, stay tuned.