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NBA Trade Rumors: Latest on Kevin Love and Potential Draft-Day Deals

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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 13, 2014

As potential NBA trades go, deals involving the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love are the hottest around the league. Love seems disenchanted with the Wolves, and part-owner and new head coach Flip Saunders has seemingly drawn a line in the sand with his disgruntled star.

Last week, Saunders said Love had no right to be frustrated, and he added, "you're either part of the solution or part of the problem," per ESPN.com.

That doesn't sound too encouraging for fans who want to see Love remain in Minny. As usual, rumors abound about potential landing spots for Love.

Here's the latest from Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:

 

Phoenix Would Be Nuts to Do This

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Unless this is part of some extraordinary plan that will include the addition of two more superstars landing in Phoenix, this rumored deal would be insane. Goran Dragic is coming off the best season of his career. He won Most Improved Player and was named All-NBA Third Team.

He is 28 years old and, more than likely, as good as he'll get. Still, sending Dragic to Minnesota wouldn't leave much for Love to win with in Phoenix. With that dynamic, why would Love commit to the Suns for the long term?

Eric Bledsoe is a dynamic backcourt player capable of playing either guard spot, and Phoenix would likely have to send him away and also fork over a good amount of picks.

Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk brings up a solid point: "Would Bledsoe or Goran Dragic be among the assets the Suns might offer? Ideally you’d like to pair that backcourt with Love, but the Wolves will be asking a steep price."

Uhh, yeah.

Despite the fact that the Suns barely missed the NBA playoffs last season, they still have to be considered a rebuilding team. Dumping that many assets for one player would be ill-advised.

 

Philadelphia 76ers Willing to Trade Up for Andrew Wiggins

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Per Chad Ford of ESPN.com (insider account required): "The Sixers actually have engaged the Cavs about moving to No. 1. They aren't willing to give up both the Nos. 3 and 10 picks. But a combination of No. 3 and Thaddeus Young is a possibility."

Keeping Young would be great for Philly's budding athletic nucleus, but tabbing Wiggins should be the team's top priority. Pairing him with reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and center Nerlens Noel is an attractive possibility.

It could give the Sixers enviable length and athleticism at their core. Wiggins could very well be the superstar of the trio.

Cleveland seems intent on taking Joel Embiid with the No. 1 pick.

The only way the Cavs would probably move the top pick is if they were guaranteed to get Embiid wherever it lands.

Wiggins may still be available for Philly at No. 3 if Cleveland takes Embiid and the Milwaukee Bucks select Jabari Parker with the No. 2 pick.

 

Bulls and Nuggets Consider Swapping Picks

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Per Ford, the Bulls and Nuggets have discussed a draft-day deal. Ford writes:

The Bulls have been trying to move up in the draft to get an elite shooter. Their target has been Denver with an offer of the 16th and 19th pick for 11. If they get there, Gary Harris or Nik Stauskas will be the guy with them likely leaning toward Stauskas.

Whether the Chicago Bulls are attempting to improve their current roster with a better prospect or simply trying to sweeten a trade package that will land them Love or the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, trading their 16th and 19th picks to get the Nuggets' 11th selection is a smart move.

The Bulls are not in the best financial situation as it pertains to the salary cap, and the team would just as soon avoid taking on two guaranteed rookie deals.

This move would trim that down to one and give the team a chance to select one of the best wing players in the draft.

Stauskas is the best fit because he's one of the best pure shooters in the draft, which is a skill set the Bulls desperately need. He's also a better athlete than most give him credit for.

It's a win-win for the Bulls. Denver would be adding two young prospects in a deep draft or adding assets for a potential move.

 

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