Two Canadian players, taken first overall in the NBA entry draft in back-to-back years, will reportedly be leaving Cleveland in exchange for Minnesota's Kevin Love.
As first reported by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers have agreed to send Andrew Wiggins, of Vaughan, Ont., Anthony Bennett, of Brampton, Ont., and a protected first-round draft pick in 2015 to the Timberwolves in exchange for the three-time all-star power forward.
The deal could be put in place, but not made official, until later in the month as the Cavaliers signed Wiggins to a contract on July 24, preventing him from being traded for 30 days.
Love, who would reportedly agree to opt out of the remaining years in his current contract at season's end, would join with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, making the Cavaliers a formidable foe in the Eastern Conference.
Yahoo cites league sources in reporting that Love would sign a five-year contract extension with the Cavs, worth near $120 million U.S.
Love no longer in the air in Minnesota. But Wiggins is! pic.twitter.com/7tWqTD0IC6— CBCSports (@cbcsports) August 7, 2014
Wiggins and Bennett, meanwhile, would join a Timberwolves team that last appeared in the NBA playoffs in 2004 and has a lone bright spot on its roster with Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio.
Also on Tuesday, Biosteel, makers of a sports drink, announced they have signed Wiggins to an endorsement deal.
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