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:
• It will be a three-team deal involving the Wolves, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
• The Wolves will receive Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett, 76ers forward Thaddeus Young and a trade exception believed to be worth at least $4 million that they can use to acquire a player in the next year without being strapped by salary-cap rules.
• The Cavaliers will get Love to team with superstar LeBron James and guard Kyrie Irving.
• Philadelphia will receive Miami’s 2015 first-round pick that the Cavaliers own as well as the expiring contracts of Wolves players Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved. Like 76ers lottery pick Joel Embiid, Mbah a Moute is from Cameroon and has mentored the gifted but injured center chosen third in the June draft. The Sixers expect Mbah a Moute’s presence to ease Embiid’s NBA transition.
In Young, the Wolves add a veteran presence who can start at Love’s power-forward spot. Young has started at least 76 games the past two seasons and averaged 17.9 points and six rebounds a game last season, his best statistically in his seven-year career in Philadelphia.
The three teams are expected to announce the trade Saturday after completing a trade call with the league office. Wiggins, Bennett and Young are expected to be introduced as the newest Wolves at a Tuesday news conference on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.