Australian Gambling – First their prodigal son returned. Now Cleveland Cavaliers’ fans are in Love.
The highly publicised trade for Minnesota’s uniquely talented power forward Kevin Love was made official yesterday and Aussie punters jumped at the news, crunching them in to $4.25 with Sportingbet.com.au to win the NBA championship.
The three-team deal – agreed to last month – continues Lebron James’ penchant for building “big three” team ups, adding Love to Australian born all star point guard Kyrie Irving as The King’s sidekicks.
The Loved-up Cavs paid a heavy price for the NBA’s marquee power forward, sending two number one overall draft picks in Andrew Wiggins (this year) and Anthony Bennett (last season) to the Timberwolves, who also get versatile forward Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia. The 76ers welcome Wolves’ pair Alexey Shved and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, as well as a future draft pick from the Cavs – ironically a legacy of Lebron’s original defection to South Beach.
Love’s considerable talent is well-documented.
The all star forward last year became the first player to average 26 points per game, 12 rebounds pg and 4 assists pg across a season since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976. The 6′ 10” 243 pound beast led the league in double-doubles (65) and defensive rpg (9.6), finished third in rpg (12.5), fourth in ppg (26.1), had three triple doubles and nailed an amazing 190 three pointers at 38 per cent shooting percentage, becoming the first player in NBA history to record 2000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 three-pointers in a single season.