Daily News - August 22, 2014
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving starts for United States in place of Derrick Rose
Author: Bob Finnan
Publication: News-Herald/Morning Journal
"With the uncertainty surrounding Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving moved into the starting lineup for the USA men’s national team in its 105-62 exhibition victory over the Dominican Republic on Aug. 20 at Madison Square Garden.
Rose, a point guard from the Chicago Bulls, was held out of the exhibition game. He has been suffering from pain in his surgically repaired knees.
There was no dropoff in productivity, as the Cavaliers point guard connected on 5 of 5 shots from the field and 2 of 2 from the 3-point line en route to 12 points and five assists." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Analysis: Love's arrival will be defining moment for Cavaliers
Author: Josh Weir
Publication: Canton Repository
"Chances are this weekend will be remembered for a long time in Northeast Ohio. Kevin Love is likely to be traded to Cleveland and eventually sign a long-term extension that would coincide with what’s left of LeBron James’ prime.
It’s an all-in move, the kind that will be looked back upon years from now as either the moment a championship foundation was set, or the moment the Cavaliers misplayed the ace card that is James.
There is no in-between." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Source: Wolves Get Young as Part of Love Trade
Author: Jon Krawczynski
Publication: Associated Press
"MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have secured the final piece they were looking for in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade.
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the Timberwolves will receive Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the deal that will send Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.
The Wolves agreed weeks ago to send Love to Cleveland, where he will team up with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to make the Cavaliers an instant favorite in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs agreed to send No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a 2015 No. 1 draft choice they obtained from Miami to Minnesota to land Love, but Wolves President Flip Saunders and GM Milt Newton immediately went to work to try to get the 76ers involved in the deal as well." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Thaddeus Young likely to Wolves
Author: Marc Stein
"The Minnesota Timberwolves expect to land Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young in addition to No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins when they complete their long-anticipated trade that sends Kevin Love to the Cavaliers this weekend, NBA front-office sources said.
Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that the Wolves -- as part of a separate transaction with Philadelphia or by expanding their planned deal with the Cavaliers into a three-team trade -- are already operating under the premise they are acquiring Young from the Sixers as Love's replacement.
Minnesota expects to land Thaddeus Young of the 76ers to fill the role of Cleveland-bound Kevin Love." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Kevin Love trade a three-team deal, source says
Author: James Herbert
"Let's clear things up with regards to the moving parts in the Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins trade that can be completed on Saturday. Anthony Bennett is reportedly staying with the Minnesota Timberwolves, not going to the Philadelphia 76ers. Thaddeus Young is reportedly going to Minnesota, with the Wolves sending a few assets Philly's way.
According to Dan Barreiro of KFAN 100.3 and Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, it looks like the Sixers would get the Miami Heat's first round pick in 2015, guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. That Heat pick was originally sent to Cleveland in the LeBron James sign-and-trade in 2010, and it would have been going to Minnesota as part of this Love deal if this didn't turn into a three-team transaction." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Final Kevin Love trade agreed upon, awaits approval
Author: Sam Amik
Publication: USA Today
"The long-awaited Kevin Love trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cleveland Cavaliers will finally be formalized soon, but there was an unexpected twist near the end: Anthony Bennett won't go to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the three-team deal after all.
According to a person with knowledge of the deal that will be finalized on Saturday, the Cavaliers forward and 2013 No. 1 pick who was rumored to be headed for the 76ers will be retained by the Timberwolves. He'll join 2014 No. 1 pick and fellow Cavaliers youngster Andrew Wiggins in Minnesota, where the Timberwolves will also receive 76ers forward Thaddeus Young and a trade exception (which allows teams to acquire players via trade without taking players back in return) worth more than $5 million." - CLICK HERE to read full story.
Kevin Love trade a three-team deal, source says
Author: Jerry Zgoda
Publication: Star Tribune
"The 30-day waiting period on the Kevin Love trade ends Saturday, when the Wolves are expected to finalize and announce the franchise’s biggest player transaction since it sent away superstar Kevin Garnett seven years ago. The trade specifics, however, were confirmed as final Thursday night by the Star Tribune.
Cleveland is allowed by NBA rules to trade newly signed No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins on Saturday, when the following will be completed, according to a person with knowledge of the trade: