LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are pleased with the results in the two years after Kevin Love was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for 2014 No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, he tells ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
James says the trade goes beyond the one-for-one tier of Wiggins and Love.
“Without Andy [Varejao] going down and being injured, do we get Timo [Mozgov]? And do we make the trade for Shump [Iman Shumpert] and J.R. [Smith]? So, so many things happen throughout the course of a season,” James said. “I think if both sides are happy with what happened—we’re happy with having Kev and I know they’re happy with having Wiggins—so, that’s all that matters.”
After the trade, the Timberwolves finished with the NBA’s worst record of 16–66 and drafted Karl Anthony-Towns with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Wiggins won Rookie of the Year honors. He is averaging 20.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
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The Cavaliers beat the Timberwolves 125–99 on Friday night at the Target Center. James posted a double double of 13 points and 12 rebounds while Wiggin scored a career-high 35 points for Minnesota.