After a summer of discussion, Kevin Love can finally pack his bags.
In the trade, Minnesota will receive Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young, Cleveland's Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett and a $6.3 million trade exception. Wiggins and Bennett went No. 1 overall in the 2014 and 2013 NBA drafts, respectively.
Wiggins could not be traded for 30 days after signing his rookie contract, which he did on July 24. Saturday was the first day a long-rumored deal involving Wiggins officially could be made.
The Cavs and Timberwolves had been discussing a trade even before LeBron James decided to leave Miami and come back home to Ohio. The deal dragged on through the summer, first because of Cleveland's unwillingness to include Wiggins in any package, and then due to the 30-day provision.
That bit of fine print in the collective bargaining agreement triggered an agonizing wait in both cities, more so in championship-starved Cleveland where generations of fans have longed for the Cavs, Indians or Browns to win it all.
Now the league's best player has another superstar as a running mate. Add in All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and James again finds himself the ringleader of a star-studded trio after leaving Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade behind with the Heat.
Love will make James a better player and vice versa.
"I'm going to be very excited to have him," James said at his recent homecoming event in Akron, Ohio. "I don't really care about the 26 (points) and 12 (rebounds). I care about the basketball IQ. His basketball IQ is very, very high. I had an opportunity to spend 32 days with him on the 2012 Olympic team. It's funny. I always told Kevin Love, 'You're very good, man.' He always thought I was blowing smoke.
"I always told him he was going to be a reason why we won the gold medal, and he played a huge role for us. So I'm looking forward to it. He's a great piece."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.