One of the great things about the time leading up to a draft is all the talk and rumors that float around as teams contemplate doing something big and crazy in hopes of shaking up the norm. It sounds like the Cleveland and Minnesota may be looking to do just that.
How does the No. 1 pick in the draft (aka Nerlens Noel) for Kevin Love sound?
The coming draft class is not considered to be an extraordinarily strong one. Nerlens Noel is expected to be a great player, but he'll likely be making his way to the podium on draft day on crutches. Even thought he looked like a No. 1 pick in college knee injuries can be a game a changer (just ask Greg Oden).
So the word is that the Cavs are fielding calls from anywhere right now and could be interested in moving the No. 1 pick if the deal is right. Rumor has it that there is some talk between the T-Wolves and Cavs involving Kevin Love.
It would be a genius move for Cleveland. They already have a talented backcourt in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Adding a guy into the mix that has averaged a double-double in two of his last three seasons (and at least 10 defensive boards a game) could be what turns the Cavaliers into a competitor.
It could be even better for Minnesota. With the way talks have gone between Love and the team it would not be shocking to see him opt out of contract and head for greener pastures in 2015. So why not get something now rather than take the chance on just outright losing him?
If they are worried about losing a key player, the T-Wolves have a load of picks in the '13 draft (No. 9, 26, 52, and 59). There may not be as much star-power in this draft outside of a couple players, but there will still be plenty of guys that can contribute.
Should Minnesota and Cleveland pull the trigger on this we could see a shift in power next season. Minnesota will be still be a young team on the move as it continues to build around Ricky Rubio, but Love could be the missing link that turns the Cavaliers into one of the most dangerous teams in the East next season.