The NBA's frenzied free-agency period suddenly appears to be in the rearview mirror, as the Association's top players on the market have found homes for the 2014-15 season. However, there's still one big name looming large in offseason discussions. That would be Kevin Love.
The six-year veteran is a highly coveted trade target for the teams capable of affording his services. After all, he's a 6'10" power forward who has a better stroke from downtown than most guards.
ESPN Stats & Info recently broke down his prowess from behind the arc:
Kevin Love also has the 2nd-most (105 in 2011-12) and the 3rd-most (88 in 2010-11) on the all-time list— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 18, 2014
We already know the Minnesota Timberwolves are negotiating with teams in an effort to potentially trade their star player, but their asking price—along with what teams are willing to give up for his services—have proven to be major roadblocks thus far.
At this point in the summer, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors seem to be the two teams remaining in the Love sweepstakes. There've been plenty of recent rumors surrounding both franchises as negotiations continue.
The Cavaliers have been an interesting team for Love this offseason. Before acquiring LeBron James, Cleveland didn't appear to have a shot at the power forward. However, that changed drastically after James reunited with his former team.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, James has already reached out to Love.
He writes, "LeBron James has reached out to Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love and expressed a desire for them to play together in Cleveland, front-office sources told Yahoo Sports."
That may have helped, but it was apparent Cleveland didn't want to trade the No. 1 selection from this year's draft, Andrew Wiggins.
Well, that appears to have changed, according to a report from Chris Broussard of ESPN.com:
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. At one point, a trade seemed close to happening, but Minnesota wants more than the Cavaliers are currently offering, sources said.
So, the Cavaliers have James and may be willing to part with one of the best young prospects we've seen in quite some time. Will that be enough to get the deal done?
On the other hand, we have the Warriors.
Like reports involving the Cavaliers, Golden State rumors have fluctuated as well.
According to a report from Yannis Koutroupis of Basketball Insiders, the Warriors are looking to make a stronger push to land Love.
He writes, "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."
Well, common knowledge suggests a stronger push would involve parting ways with Klay Thomson, right? Nope.
Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News tweeted otherwise:
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
Sure, it's easy to see why the Warriors don't want to part ways with their shooting guard. After all, he averaged 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor last season. He'd form a great duo with Love.
Although, he may be the one trade chip the team has if it really is to acquire Love's services.
For now, things appear to be at a standstill with both of these teams. ESPN's Darren Wolfson confirmed this on Twitter:
Can always change w/ one text or call, but #Twolves source backs what the Love camp said this morning: don't expect Love news this weekend.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) July 19, 2014
We shall see if things change drastically at any point. But, for now, the Kevin Love sweepstakes continue.