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.
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:
Bulls remained in contact with Minnesota but knew when Cavs included Wiggins they would've had to gut team to beat Cavs' offer.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) August 7, 2014
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 can not 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.
Two league sources told CBSSports.com 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 ESPN.com 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:
Re: Anthony Bennett pulled from Toronto pro-am by agent...If anyone would know a Love trade nears, it's Jeff Schwartz, who reps both players— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) July 30, 2014
Updates from Monday, July 28
Charlie Walters of TwinCities.com 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:
The Cavs announce they have signed No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, putting a 30-day moratorium on trading him.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 24, 2014
ESPN's Marc Stein provides more on the potential Wiggins trade scenario:
ESPN sources say that, as things stand, Minnesota likes the Cavs' Wiggins-led offer better than anything else on the table for Kevin Love— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 24, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, July 23
Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com 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 SheridanHoops.com 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 csnne.com 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 CSNNE.com.
"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:
In Murphy, Lucas and Thomas, Cavs get three non-guaranteed contracts to facilitate trades -- or a trade. Another step toward Kevin Love.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 22, 2014
Minnesota's been determined to unload Kevin Martin and JJ Barea in a Love deal -- no easy task for Cavs to make work without a third team.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 22, 2014
Associated Press reporter Jon Krawczynski reports the latest on Love's situation:
The 30-day element of potential love-wiggins deal is complicating everything. Long time for teams to think about things— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 22, 2014
Wolves thought they had a deal with GSW earlier this summer. Didn't work out. That's coloring wolves' caution here— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 22, 2014
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:
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:
Andrew Wiggins has not been offered for Kevin Love. Klay Thompson has not been offered for Kevin Love. This is where things stand.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 18, 2014
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports notes that LeBron James reached out to Love about coming to Cleveland:
LeBron James has reached to tell Kevin Love of his desire for them to play together with the Cavaliers, front office sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 17, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 17
San Jose Mercury News reporter Tim Kawakami reports that Klay Thompson may not be available after all:
Warriors source flatly denies a report that they are offering Klay Thompson to Minnesota. "It's not true," the source said minutes ago.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) July 18, 2014
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:
Checked with an NBA source who says there's no indication the Warriors will up their bid for Kevin Love if Cleveland makes a bigger push.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) July 17, 2014
The source reiterates that the Warriors and MIN continue to have conversations about KLove, but the essential stalemate remains.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) July 17, 2014
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:
Source: Cavs now offering #1 pick Andrew Wiggins in trade offers for Kevin Love. @BobCavsinsider 1st to report— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 17, 2014
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today also confirmed the report on Wiggins:
Indeed, Cavaliers have put Andrew Wiggins on table in their effort to acquire Kevin Love from Timberwolves who been firm in trade demands.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 17, 2014
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:
T-Wolves' stance in recent trade talks is said to remain same: If Klay Thompson part of deal, Kevin Love will go to Warriors, not Cavs.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 13, 2014
ESPN's Marc Stein reports Minnesota is still chasing one prized rookie in a potential Love deal:
Sources say KLove remains "intrigued" by chance to join LeBron with Cavs. I'm told Wolves, though, still asking for off-limits AWiggins— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 13, 2014
WEWS TV's Mike Cairns has an update on a potential blockbuster deal:
Cavs working three team deal w/ Warriors/TWolves. Warriors get multiple 1st rnd picks. Wolves get Klay and Tristan Thompson. Love to Cavs— Mike Cairns (@MikeCairns5) July 12, 2014
I am told Flip Saunders Holding it up— Mike Cairns (@MikeCairns5) July 12, 2014
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 ESPN.com's Marc Stein, Love is certainly tempted by what the Cleveland Cavaliers have to offer.
Source close to situation says Kevin Love indeed "intrigued" by idea of being dealt to Cavs and would commit long there if traded there— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2014
ESPN's Chris Broussard comments on who a potential package would not include:
Not expecting Dion Waiters to be a part of any KLove trade— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 11, 2014
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News has an update on another team that still could be interested in Love's services:
Second NBA source: The Warriors have no plans to offer Klay Thompson to Minnesota, even if CLE comes in aggressively for Kevin Love.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) July 11, 2014
Of course, Stein's report came out shortly after LeBron James announced in an article written by Lee Jenkins of SI.com 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 CBSSports.com offers his take from around the league:
As the LeBron after-effects crank up, word among multiple team execs is No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins will be in play in Kevin Love trade.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 11, 2014
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:
Warriors source disputes the idea that Klay Thompson has "been made available" to Minnesota in Kevin Love talks. Not GSWs' style, anyway...— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) June 20, 2014
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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