Could the Kevin Love sweepstakes finally be coming to an end?
This has certainly been one of the most tumultuous NBA offseasons in recent history. After so much top-tier talent moving around the Association in free agency, a handful of trades and the arrival of a deep draft class, there's plenty of familiar faces in new places.
Although, after all of that, there's still the matter of a potential blockbuster Love trade.
There hasn't been any shortage of rumors involving potential suitors for the power forward, and due to some recent happenings, speculation has begun to heat up in a big way.
For quite some time, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors appeared to be the major players in the Love sweepstakes, but the Chicago Bulls are now entrenched in the saga as well.
Here's what the Bulls are offering the Minnesota Timberwolves for Love's services, according to Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com:
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 source who spoke to SheridanHoops said he believed the Bulls’ offer was better in the minds of the Wolves than the Cavs' current offer of Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick.
That's certainly a reasonable offer from the Bulls. McDermott is a great shooter, Mirotic is a promising young big man and Gibson would be an immediate replacement at power forward.
Although, contrary from what Sheridan's source believed, ESPN's Marc Stein was told Minnesota was actually favoring Cleveland's offer:
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
Stein's source could be dead-on here. After all, Wiggins is one of the most promising rookies we've seen in a long time. Bennett has plenty of potential—he's another former first overall selection—and is still young and coming into his own. An additional first-round pick is just the icing on the cake.
No matter which offer the Timberwolves actually like better, the team will have to wait. Since McDermott and Wiggins just recently signed with their respective teams, they won't be available to be officially traded for just under one month, according to Stein:
Cavs can't trade Wiggins for 30 days BUT Bulls can't get KLove, either, w/out including Mirotic and/or McDermott & sweating out similar wait— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 25, 2014
As there is with most blockbuster trade scenarios, the chance of a new wrinkle being added to the process has recently surfaced.
According to a report from Sean Deveney of Sporting News, a couple of familiar teams could possibly wind up in the mix on a Love deal:
When the Lakers and Magic pulled off the Dwight Howard trade in the summer of 2012, there wound up being four teams involved, with the Sixers and Nuggets adding players.
Sources told Sporting News that Philadelphia and Denver, again, are interested in participating in whatever deal happens for Love. Denver has interest in acquiring Love themselves, while the Sixers would like to facilitate a trade by including forward Thaddeus Young.
Denver may not have the ammunition to have a legitimate shot at the power forward; however, that's not to say the team—along with Philadelphia—won't be able to benefit from a potential trade in some way.
It would seem as though the saga surrounding Love would be reaching its conclusion, as we're already mostly through the month of July. But with new teams jumping into the fray and the holdup due to rookie signings, we may not see this come to an end for quite a while.