The Kevin Love saga will last at least another four weeks or so. The two teams primarily rumored to be in hot pursuit of the Minnesota Timberwolves star—the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers—have agreed to terms with key pieces who would reportedly be included in the deal.
These moves mean the players cannot be included in a trade for 30 days from the time of their respective deals.
While official word of a trade is on hold, that won't stop the speculation. ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst are reporting that, despite the Bulls' rumored attempts to make a late push for Love, the Cavs are still the front-runners.
"Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, at present, are higher on a Cleveland trade package centered around Wiggins than any other offer on the table for Love," they wrote.
While an offer that included Nikola Mirotic, McDermott and Taj Gibson may make the T-Wolves better now, there's no telling how good Wiggins will be in two years. He looks like a future star, and that's an invaluable asset.
The Bulls have already built a deep, talented and versatile roster. Gibson very much wants to be apart of what the team is aiming for next season.
Gibson spoke with reporters about the trade rumors:
It's tough, but it's a part of the business. I've been in the league for a while now, I've been around some great veterans that taught me a lot about the game. The one thing that [they say] is be grateful that somebody wants you. Be grateful to be in the NBA and just focus on your game. You can only do so much -- just focus on your game and focus on getting better.
Soon we'll know whom Love will begin the season with. If he isn't moved before the season, speculation will then shift to whether he'll be traded by the in-season deadline. Oh goodie.
Ray Allen Still Undecided, Leaning Toward Cleveland
Future Hall of Famer Ray Allen still hasn't decided if he'll play next season, or retire. However, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe suggests Allen is strongly considering joining the Cavaliers.
"Former Celtic and Heat standout Ray Allen is leaning towards returning for a 19th NBA season and joining former teammate LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a league source," he wrote.
Who could blame Allen for attempting to chase one more ring with James, Kyrie Irving and perhaps Love in Cleveland?
NBA 2K community manager and rabid hoops fan Chris Manning likes what the Cavs are doing:
The team has a solid mix of youth and veteran experience. Adding a shooter and proven winner like Allen would only make its roster more formidable.
Eric Bledsoe's Future Still Up in the Air
According to ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, the Phoenix Suns and their talented restricted free agent are reportedly still not close to agreeing on a deal.
It seems strange that a 24-year-old athletic dynamo like Bledsoe can't get teams to offer him a maximum deal, which is what Broussard reports the point guard is seeking. However, that is the reality and the reason he seems destined to spend next season playing for Phoenix.
At this point, Spotrac indicates the only team with the salary-cap room to offer Bledsoe the money he seeks is the Philadelphia 76ers. Philly doesn't appear interested in throwing that type of cash at any player right now.
Therefore, the Suns probably won't be forced to match an offer for their young star.
Perhaps the trade market for Bledsoe will heat up once the season begins.
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