Fake NBA Trade of the Day 6/16/16: Kevin Love Returns to Minnesota

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Every day, Pick and Popovich will post one fake trade and explain why it makes sense for every team involved to make it. There are no parameters beyond fitting within the salary cap. Sometimes the trades will involve stars, others role players. They are not grounded in actual rumors, they just make sense on paper. During the 2016 NBA Playoffs, each week will feature seven fake trades of one star player. This is Kevin Love Week. 

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Cleveland Cavaliers Receive:                                                  Minnesota Timberwolves Receive:

Andrew Wiggins                                                                        Kevin Love



Why Cleveland would make this trade: To the crowd who says Cleveland never should’ve made the Kevin Love trade in the first place, here’s your chance to be proven right. If Wiggins develops into the defensive player we hope, this could be a decent trade for the Cavs. If he continues to play this much isolation ball on offense? Not so much.

Why Minnesota would make this trade: With Tom Thibodeau, Karl-Anthony Towns and Ricky Rubio the Wolves could protect Love on defense more than just about any other team, and the fit with Towns offensively is incredible. They’d use the No. 5 pick and their cap space to fill out the wings, but this team could jump right into the playoff race right away.

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