It is all but written in stone that Kevin Love will be donning a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey in the upcoming 2014-2015 season. As proliferated last week, the Cavs and the Minnesotta Timberwolves have agreed to send the disgruntled star in exchange for 2014 number one pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 number one pick Anthony Bennett and presumably a future first round draft pick.
According to CBS Sports, there were some media outlets that reported that Cleveland and Love have agreed to a contract extension even before the deal had been put on ink and paper. Now, this is the hiccup. The NBA could use its veto power to block the trade if an agreement is in place for the sweet shooting forward to stay long-term.
The veto power was (un)popularly used during the 2012 season when then commissioner David Stern blocked the transfer of Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, indicating basketball reasons. The said move potentially changed the landscape of franchises which benefited or lost in the deal.
It can be recalled that the league hindered the transfer of superstar Paul to the Lakers in 2011 in exchange for Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. The said veto power had repercussions all around to those franchises. The Lakers are currently in rebuilding mode after not qualifying for the playoffs last season. The New Orleans Pelicans got the 2012 number one pick in Anthony Davis, whom many believe is in line for an MVP-season while the Los Angeles Clippers now boast the formidable duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. And somewhere, Lamar Odom is no longer with an NBA team.
ESPN Analysts Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst discussed the possibility of the NBA once again using its sort of Big Brother power to undo the Love, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James new "Big 3."
"Under NBA rules, such an agreement would be illegal and, if proven, potentially could be grounds for the league to block this trade and dole out punishment to both teams. The Wolves were infamously sanctioned heavily in 2000 after it was discovered that the club had promised a lucrative future contract - in writing - to Joe Smith, incurring a fine of $3.5 million and the loss of four first-round picks as well as suspensions for owner Glen Taylor and then-GM Kevin McHale."
The NBA must be on its toes on keeping good with the NBA's best and biggest star - LeBron James. The King of basketball has lobbied for the inclusion of his 2012 Olympic teammate in Love and any incursion of the league would actually turn off the mega star.
The odds of an NBA veto as of now are just hearsay as it would be hard for the league to prove that there is an under the table agreement between the Cavaliers and Love that will assure the all-star to stay with the team via a maximum contract extension. Nevertheless, the league is still on the watch on what will happen on August 23rd the date of the supposed transfer.