Kevin Love trade opens up West
With Kevin Love being moved to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Western Conference just got a little less scary. It’s still scary, but not as scary.
The Timberwolves could have been a very solid playoff contender this upcoming season, as many of their players would be returning from injuries, but now they’ve traded their star away. This isn’t to say it’s a bad thing for the Wolves, but it is a good thing for the Grizzlies and the rest of the conference.
The T-Wolves get their man in Andrew Wiggins, and are primed to be a good team down the road. However, they aren’t ready to win now, and will almost certainly go through some growing pains. This frees up other Western Conference teams to take advantage of one less competitor in the West.
This especially helps Memphis, because they already had Minnesota’s number, and wins should be easier to come by without Love. The Grizzlies look to ride near the top of the West, and in this conference, every win helps.
The downside to the Love trade is that he is now with LeBron James in Cleveland. This means that whatever team reaches the Finals will more than likely meet up with the Cavs (not a certainty though).
The West having one less contender is good news for those looking to contend. The flip-side of the situation is that the Wolves are going to be good in a few years. Wiggins will more than likely blossom, and Anthony Bennett could even surprise too.
The Grizzlies need to take advantage of the Wolves losing Love, and add as many wins as they can to their record.