Kevin Love Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz, Speculation Surrounding Cavaliers and More

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 11, 2014

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Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports the trade that will send Kevin Love to the Cavaliers has been completed:

Sam Amico of Fox Sports previously reported on when the new players would be introduced:

Updates from Friday, Aug. 22

ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne have a surprising development out of Phoenix:

With just hours to go before a planned megadeal the would send Kevin Love to Cleveland, thePhoenix Suns reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday to ask once more about the possibility of acquiring Love in a sign-and-trade for guard Eric Bledsoe, sources told

ESPN's Marc Stein has the latest details of Kevin Love's trade to Cleveland (via ESPN Stats & Info):

Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7

Ken Berger of CBS Sports notes that no extension is in place for Love in Cleveland as of now:

One aspect of the agreement between Cleveland and Minnesota that has not yet been agreed to, according to two league sources, is a contract extension for Love. If Love opts out next summer, he could get a five-year, $120 million deal from the Cavs. But with James, the sole trigger for the deal, working on a two-year deal with a player option next summer, the two people familiar with the discussions said Love may want to wait and see how long of a deal James agrees to next summer so the two stars can synchronize their plans.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports an agreement has been reached involving Kevin Love:

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Cleveland is making the deal with Minnesota with a firm agreement Love will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $120 million-plus contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports. ...

... The precise deal terms have been agreed upon for weeks, but the teams and Love plan to stay silent about the particulars until the trade is announced in 16 days, sources told Yahoo Sports.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune later weighed in with insight surrounding the Bulls:

Updates from Monday, Aug. 4

The Cavaliers and Timberwolves have an agreement in place that would send Kevin Love to Cleveland for a package including Andrew Wiggins according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, who reported the news during a radio appearance with Chris Broussard and Ryan Ruocco (H/T SB Nation). 

The deal cannot officially be made until August 23.

Updates from Saturday, Aug. 2

Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press reports that Kevin Love could be on the move later this month:

The Timberwolves say now that they expect to trade disgruntled all-star Kevin Love and that a deal is expected Aug. 23 or Aug. 24.

"I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do," Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press.

Taylor's preference, though, is that Love remain in Minnesota. The August dates for a trade are because that's when the Cleveland Cavaliers officially can deal their first-round draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, to the Wolves.

Updates from Friday, Aug. 1

Bob Finnan of the News-Herald has the latest on Love:

The crux of the trade appears to have the Cavaliers sending Wiggins, forward Anthony Bennett and a 2018 first-round pick to Minnesota for Love and possibly forward Corey Brewer.

Updates from Thursday, July 31

Bob Finnan of the News-Herald provides an update on Kevin Love:

In a rather new development, it now looks as if Love won’t sign an extension with any team in which he’s traded, even the Cavaliers. He can get far more money if he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2015, and re-signs with the team in which he is traded.
That puts considerably more risk in a trade, especially if the Cavaliers are giving up a prospect like Wiggins.

CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor's current stance on trading Love:

Two league sources told this week that Taylor remains hesitant to trade Love, still stung by the aftermath of the trade that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston in 2007. The team has won more than 30 games only twice in the seven seasons since.

"I don't think Glen Taylor wants to do the deal," one of the people familiar with the discussions said.

Updates from Wednesday, July 30

ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst report that only one team remains in the pursuit of Kevin Love:

After reported last week that the Cavaliers remain the front-runners to acquire Love in a trade co-headlined by No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, sources this week have described the Cavs as the only team currently in contention for Love. Sources say the Chicago Bulls are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of trumping Cleveland's offer, while the Golden State Warriors remain unwilling to bend on their longstanding refusal to surrender Klay Thompson in a deal for Love.

Wiggins is not eligible to be dealt until Aug. 23 after signing his first contract Thursday, but numerous league insiders -- some of whom are gathered in Las Vegas for this week's Team USA training camp -- have begun to describe a Love-to-Cleveland trade as a "when" transaction as opposed to an "if."

With three weeks to go until Wiggins is eligible to be swapped for Love, one source said Wednesday that James himself already is "looking forward" to the prospect of welcoming the All-Star power forward as his newest teammate.

Star-Tribune reporter Jerry Zgoda reports an interesting note on Anthony Bennett:

Updates from Monday, July 28

Charlie Walters of reports on Kevin Love's future in Minnesota:

If the Timberwolves are still hoping they can persuade Kevin Love not to opt out of his contract after next season, they can give up hope.

The all-star forward is adamant about leaving, either by forcing a trade or on his own. For a variety of reasons, there is no chance he will change his mind.

Had the Wolves, however, given Love a maximum five-year contract instead of four years in 2012, he would not have wanted out of Minnesota.

Updates from Sunday, July 27

Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer provided an update on Kevin Love's current contract situation:

I'm hearing the Cavs realize they may have to accept Love's current deal and gamble on him enjoying playing in Cleveland and with James. Then they will try to sign him for a maximum deal in 2015. So don't be shocked if a deal is made with his contract situation staying the same.

Updates from Friday, July 25

Fox Sports' Sam Amico reports on the latest twist in the Kevin Love-to-Cavs talks: 

Multiple league sources told FOX Sports Ohio on Friday they are under the impression Love has relayed his desire for a trade to Cleveland to his agent. Love is represented by Jeff Schwartz.

Sources could not say whether Love or Schwartz have made a formal trade request to the Timberwolves. Most believe if such a request is made, the Cavs will be able to obtain Love at a considerably cheaper price.

Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal adds a new team to the list of suitors:

The Knicks recently attempted to make a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love, offering forward Amar'e Stoudemire and his enormous expiring contract, second-year guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. and swingman Iman Shumpert, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

But the longshot offer, made in the past week, was declined and never stood much of a chance, particularly since the Timberwolves could potentially strike a richer deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers involving No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins.

Updates from Thursday, July 24

The Cavs announced a big signing today via their official Twitter account:

CBS Sports breaks down what this means for a potential Wiggins-for-Kevin Love trade:

ESPN's Marc Stein provides more on the potential Wiggins trade scenario:

Updates from Wednesday, July 23

Chris Sheridan of reports on the Chicago Bulls' latest offer for Kevin Love:

The Chicago Bulls have offered a package of Taj Gibson and rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star forward Kevin Love, a league source told on Wednesday.

The package is extremely intriguing to the Timberwolves, but there is a catch; it cannot be completed for another 29 days because McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts Tuesday. NBA rules prohibit rookies from being traded within the first 30 days of inking their rookie deals.

A. Sherrod Blakely of has the latest on Boston's pursuit of Love:

There's no waiving of the white flag just yet, but the Boston Celtics appear to be ready to move on from their pursuit of Minnesota star Kevin Love, league sources tell

"The more teams step up and show interest in Love, the further Boston falls in the pack," a source said on Wednesday. "Danny's a smart guy. He knows when to keep pushing for something and when to move on."

That's why the Celtics are reportedly among the clubs to express some interest in being a third team to help facilitate a trade involving Love to what one source said has become his "preferred" destination, Cleveland.

Updates from Tuesday, July 22

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski provides an update on the Cavaliers' pursuit of Kevin Love:

Associated Press reporter Jon Krawczynski reports the latest on Love's situation:

ESPN's SportsCenter account reported on the trade talks surrounding Love:

Updates from Sunday, July 20

Sam Amick of USA Today reports why the Warriors are concerned with parting ways with Klay Thompson in a potential trade involving Kevin Love:

The Minnesota Timberwolves forward who wants to wear a new jersey will suit up for Team USA later this month, as will the Golden State Warriors point guard whose team has been debating this notion of trading for Love for so long now. But as the days have continued to pass without a deal, and as the Cleveland Cavaliers have continued to ask themselves similar questions about Love and what price they're willing to pay to land him, this much has become clear: The Warriors still care about defense — a lot. ...

... Their recent refusal to include guard and Timberwolves target Klay Thompson in the deal is rooted in this reality, as losing Thompson would not only leave Curry overexposed defensively in the backcourt but is compounded by the fact that Love — much like incumbent power forward David Lee, who would head to Minnesota if this deal got done — isn't exactly known as a two-way player. From Lacob on down, this is a major part of the Warriors' internal analysis and something that belies all the initial speculation about how this Kerr era might be defined.

Updates from Friday, July 18

ESPN's Chris Broussard has the latest on the Cavaliers' quest to land Kevin Love:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a blockbuster trade centered around Kevin Love and the league's last two No. 1 draft picks, league sources told ESPN.

In an attempt to add Love, a three-time All-Star, the Cavaliers are willing to part with Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the top picks in the past two drafts.

One source said the Cavs are also willing to give up a first-round draft pick for next season. Any other players involved in the talks are not known.

Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press has this on potential trade pieces Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson:

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports notes that LeBron James reached out to Love about coming to Cleveland:

Updates from Thursday, July 17

San Jose Mercury News reporter Tim Kawakami reports that Klay Thompson may not be available after all:

Basketball Insiders' Yannis Koutroupis reported new information on the Warriors:

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Golden State Warriors are increasing their efforts to land Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love.

The Warriors have been trying to acquire Love without letting go of Thompson, but have come off of that stance because Love is willing to exercise his option for the 2015-16 season and put off becoming a free agent next summer according to a source.

David Lee and Harrison Barnes are expected to be a part of the deal as well. No trade is imminent, but the Warriors are willing to do whatever it takes to land Love now—even if that means letting go of a franchise favorite in Thompson.

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News reported the latest with the Warriors' interest in Love:

Bob Finnan of The Morning Journal and The News-Herald reported on the latest in Cleveland's pursuit of Love:

Rumors have surfaced that the Cavaliers wouldn’t include rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins in any possible deal for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ star.

A league source said on July 17 that the Cavs are now willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft...

Up until this point, it was assumed the Cavs wanted to hang onto Wiggins, largely because of comments made by Coach David Blatt.

However, a source said James wants the 6-10, 250-pound Love on the roster. And, what James wants, he normally gets.

Chris Broussard of ESPN confirmed the news:

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today also confirmed the report on Wiggins:

Earlier, Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press provided a statement from Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on NBA TV discussing the possibility of trading Kevin Love: 

My preference is that Kevin will come to (training) camp—and I'm sure he will—and play with the team...

My response is that we are going to look at everything that makes sense that would make our team better, but we are not going to move a superb player like that without getting equal or more value back...

I think our team is just on the border. We lost too many close games last year, and having Kevin Love there as, right now, the heart of our team...I would like to have Kevin back and play under Flip (Saunders) and see how the coaches will utilize him with the other players.

Updates from Saturday, July 12

Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico has an update on the rumored three-team deal involving Love:

ESPN's Marc Stein reports Minnesota is still chasing one prized rookie in a potential Love deal:

WEWS TV's Mike Cairns has an update on a potential blockbuster deal:

Original Text

Kevin Love's long, strange offseason saga with the Minnesota Timberwolves is going to ratchet up in a big way now that the free-agent dominoes have started to fall. 

According to's Marc Stein, Love is certainly tempted by what the Cleveland Cavaliers have to offer. 

ESPN's Chris Broussard comments on who a potential package would not include:

Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News has an update on another team that still could be interested in Love's services:

Of course, Stein's report came out shortly after LeBron James announced in an article written by Lee Jenkins of that he was going back to Cleveland after a four-year detour in Miami. 

As for what it could take for the Cavaliers to land a superstar talent like Love in a trade, Ken Berger of offers his take from around the league:

So much has been said and written about Love's potential destination since the regular season ended. For a long time, Golden State seemed like the most realistic spot because the Warriors have a young, star-laden nucleus that would appeal to the Timberwolves. 

Kawakami reported in June that the Warriors weren't including Klay Thompson in trade discussions:

With no deal being consummated to this point, everything has opened up for Love and the Timberwolves. No one would have listed Cleveland as a serious contender to land the All-Star unless a variety of things went right. 

Kyrie Irving re-signed with Cleveland, and then LeBron made the decision to return home. Suddenly, the Cavaliers are arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference and one of the favorites to win an NBA title next year. 

Love's contract will also be a critical component of any trade. He can become a free agent after the 2014-15 season if he decides to opt out of his contract, which will put him in line for a huge multiyear deal. 

That part of the equation will work itself out because teams will line up to pay big money for a soon-to-be 26-year-old who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last year. The Timberwolves just have to find a trade partner that will match their asking price. 

It would be wise for Minnesota to take action sooner than later for fear of losing Love and getting nothing in return or getting only a marginal return compared to what could be available with more team control. 

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