The Timberwolves sent Love, an All-Star power forward, to the
Cavaliers in exchange for guard/forward Andrew Wiggins and center
Anthony Bennett from Cleveland. Wiggins was the No. 1 pick in this
year's draft and Bennett was the top draft choice in 2013. The
Timberwolves also get a trade exception believed to be worth at
least $4 million.
The Timberwolves also received forward Thaddeus Young from the
Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers also confirmed the deal.
Minnesota dealt Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and a future
first-round draft pick to Philadelphia.
The teams had to wait 30 days to make the trade public after
Cleveland signed Wiggins on July 24. Draft picks who sign cannot be
traded until at least 30 days afterward.
With the addition of Love, the Cavaliers are expected to be the top
contender to win the Eastern Conference next season. Star forward
LeBron James left the Miami Heat and signed a free agent deal with
Cleveland. The Cavaliers also have point guard Kyrie Irving.
The Cavaliers also have signed second round draft pick Dwight
Powell, a forward out of Stanford, averaged 10.8 points and 6.3
rebounds in 26.2 minutes over 136 games (105 starts) in four years.
The 6-foot-11, 240-pound Canadian is a two-time First Team All-Pac
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USA Basketball trimmed its roster to 12 players for the FIBA World Cup
tournament that starts next week in Spain.
Among those making the team were centers DeMarcus Cousins, Andre
Drummond and Mason Plumlee. The cuts included NBA All-Star point guard
Damian Lillard and small forwards Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver and
The rest of the U.S. roster includes guards Stephen Curry, James Harden,
Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose and Klay Thompson; guard-forward DeMar
DeRozan; forward-center Anthony Davis; and forwards Kenneth Faried and
The USA opens the 2014 World Cup on Aug. 30 against Finland, and then
faces Turkey on Aug. 31 in a rematch of the 2010 FIBA World Championship
gold medal game, which the USA won 81-64.
(Editing by Gene Cherry)
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