Regardless of what happens the rest of the NBA offseason, it’s probably safe to declare the Cleveland Cavaliers as one of the summer’s winners.
Not only did LeBron James return home, but the squad brought in No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, signed James Jones and Mike Miller and could add Ray Allen into the fold sooner rather than later.
Oh yeah, there is also a chance that Cleveland could trade for Kevin Love, who only became the first player since the NBA-ABA merger to average 26 points, 12 rebounds and four assists a night over the course of an entire year.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the latest rumors surrounding Love and other players in the NBA.
Chris Broussard of ESPN.com filled fans in on the latest regarding a possible deal between the Cavaliers and the Timberwolves:
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a blockbuster trade centered on Kevin Love and the league's past 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.
One source said the Cavs also are willing to give up a first-round draft pick for next season. Any other players involved in the talks are not known.
Remember, the Golden State Warriors have also shown interest in Love throughout the offseason, although the possible inclusion of Klay Thompson has been something of a sticking point. There could be a bidding war developing, which would certainly be ideal from Minnesota’s perspective.
Who would you rather have as the Timberwolves?
The question now for the Cavaliers is whether you want to mortgage a potential All-Star future from rookie Andrew Wiggins to acquire Love or not.
Adding Love would make Cleveland the instant favorites in the wide-open Eastern Conference this year, and LeBron James will turn 30 years old this season.
The championship window with James in his prime may not be that long, so it could be in the Cavs’ best interest to go after that elusive ring this year with Love.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio provided an update on potential talks between Cleveland and Greg Oden:
It is believed that free-agent center Greg Oden has spoken with James, or the Cavs, or possibly both. The Cavs are said to have an interest in the former No. 1 overall draft pick (2007), but it is not known if they have contacted him or plan to at any time.
An interesting subplot to a possible trade for Love would be the defense, or rather lack thereof, in place in Cleveland. James is clearly an elite defender, but there’s not much else on that end of the floor if the Cavs trade Wiggins.
They could certainly use a rim protector to pair with Love.
Oden is obviously far from a proven defender or player in general in this league thanks to crippling injuries that never allowed him to fulfill his immense potential. Still, there is a reason he was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft.
In his collegiate heyday at Ohio State, Oden was a premier shot-blocker and rebounder who anchored the Buckeyes defense in the paint. If the Cavs could even get glimpses of that for short spurts this year, it would be worth a flyer.
Aggrey Sam of Comcast Sportsnet said it all with his headline: “Source: Bulls targeting scoring point guard Aaron Brooks”
Brooks would be an intriguing addition for Chicago. He averaged nine points a game in Denver and Houston last year, but in the 2009-10 season, he posted nightly marks of 19.6 points and 5.3 assists for the Rockets.
Brooks is also only 29 years old, so there figures to be a few more productive years in the tank.
Tom Thibodeau is something of a whisperer for journeyman point guards in Chicago and helped revive the careers of C.J. Watson, D.J. Augustin and Nate Robinson. There is no reason to think Brooks couldn’t join that list of names in the next year or two.
It’s also not much of a secret that Derrick Rose’s health is always going to be a question mark going forward. Throw in Kirk Hinrich, who missed action last year because of multiple ailments, and the Bulls' point guard situation is balancing on a tenuous thread.
Brooks would provide much-needed stability.
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