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Cavs reportedly willing to include Andrew Wiggins in Kevin Love trade

Andrew-WigginsThe Cleveland Cavaliers are still interested in acquiring Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and they may be willing to pay a steep price for the star forward. According to Bob Finnan of The News-Herald, the Cavs are now open to including No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins in a potential trade for Love.

Finnan also reports that LeBron James wants Love on the Cavs roster, which could ultimately be the reason a deal gets done.

The Cavs were originally trying to finagle a trade with Minnesota that would allow them to hold onto Wiggins, but it quickly became clear that the Timberwolves have no interest in working out a deal with Cleveland if the former Kansas star is not involved. Given how many teams have expressed interest in Love, that is not a surprise.

Wiggins has already drawn comparisons to Kobe Bryant, despite never having appeared in an NBA game. The 19-year-old has tremendous potential and has looked pretty sharp in summer league games, averaging 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. That said, Love has already proven that he can dominate at the NBA level.

LeBron will turn 30 next season. If the Cavs hang onto Wiggins and allow him to grow alongside LeBron and Kyrie Irving, there’s a chance he could become one of the better players in the league. However, the thinking with acquiring Love is that the Cavs will be a better team in the short term and may not need as much time to be championship ready.

Personally, I don’t think the Cavs can lose whichever way they go. They might end up kicking themselves five years down the road if they trade Wiggins, but the hope would be that they have a championship or two to help soften the blow.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

LeBron James does not mention Andrew Wiggins, who could be traded for Kevin Love

Kevin LoveThe Cleveland Cavaliers made the biggest offseason splash their franchise will ever make on Friday when LeBron James announced he is coming back home, and they may not be done dealing just yet. A previous report indicated that the Cavs would try to trade for Kevin Love if they were able to sign LeBron. That remains a definite possibility.

In the piece that he wrote with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, LeBron mentioned how it will be a “long process” before he and his new teammates are a championship contender. He went on to name a few of them including Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao. LeBron did not mention Andrew Wiggins.

I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.

You could argue that he only mentioned a few names so leaving Wiggins out was a coincidence, but I doubt that is the case. There has to be a reason James left out the No. 1 overall pick in the draft when touching on Cleveland’s potential. In all likelihood, the Cavs are exploring trade possibilities for Kevin Love and the Timberwolves want Wiggins.

Naturally, Love has reportedly said he would sign long term if dealt to the Cavs.

The Cavs will be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference with either Wiggins or Love, but Love is a proven NBA difference maker. Wiggins is a bit more of a gamble, albeit one that could pay huge dividends in a few years.

Cavs reportedly trying to trade for Kevin Love if they get LeBron James

Kevin LoveThe Cleveland Cavaliers will pursue a trade for Kevin Love if they’re able to sign LeBron James, according to a report.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the Cavs are pursuing a trade for Love contingent on the signing of James.

The Cavs have made some major moves to clear cap space in an attempt to sign LeBron. They traded Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a three-team deal that helped them free cap space for a max contract offer to James.

I know this sounds intriguing and like LeBron to Cleveland is a done deal, but don’t get carried away yet.

Say Cleveland miraculously signs LeBron — which I don’t think happens anyway — who says the T-Wolves are just going to give them Love? What will the Cavs offer Minnesota? You really think the T-Wolves are dying to get their hands on Anthony Bennett or Dion Waiters? Give me a break. Don’t forget it’s not David Kahn there making deals anymore. They’re not a bunch of morons.

I still think LeBron returning to Cleveland is a huge long shot, and I think the Cavs getting Love if they sign LeBron is an even bigger long shot. We’ll see what happens.

Lakers, Warriors, T-Wolves talking 3-way trade involving Klay Thompson and Kevin Love

Klay ThompsonThe Lakers are in talks with the Warriors about acquiring Klay Thompson as part of a three-way trade also involving the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Love, according to a report.

The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan reports that the Lakers are talking about trading the No. 7 overall pick in the draft to Golden State for Thompson. This piece would be part of a larger deal that would send Love to the Warriors.

Lakers fans have been wishing for years that the team would acquire Love, so it would have to be a huge disappointment for them if the team is involved in a Love trade but not acquiring the All-Star.

Thompson, 24, averaged 18.4 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting from the field last season. He made 2.8 threes per game and shot 41.7 percent from long range.

If the Lakers decide to keep the No. 7 pick, Bresnahan says they are considering big men Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh or point guards Dante Exum, Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton. They could also see what happens with Joel Embiid, who is expected to miss several months after having foot surgery this week.

I’m very curious to see what the T-Wolves would get in this deal. The Lakers would not be able to trade their pick until after the draft, so it’s possible they could end up selecting a player for Minnesota.

Report: Warriors favorites to land Kevin Love, may include Klay Thompson

Kevin LoveThe Golden State Warriors are reportedly the favorites to land Kevin Love. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Golden State’s new willingness to include Klay Thompson could end up sealing the deal.

The Warriors were initially hesitant to include Thompson, which led to speculation that the Boston Celtics may have the best offer on the table for Love. However, Golden State is now entertaining the idea of offering Thompson, David Lee and a first-round pick.

Sam Amick of USA Today is reporting that there is a strong sense the deal will get done if the Warriors include Thompson.

There are still plenty of teams interested in Love, including the Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. The Celtics are considered a strong suitor because they can offer multiple draft picks, one of which is a future Brooklyn Nets pick that could end up being a lottery selection. Golden State, on the other hand, can include two quality NBA players in Thompson and Lee.

Thompson is only 24 and averaged 18.4 points per game last season. He’s a tremendous 3-point shooter who has shot 41% from beyond the arc throughout his three-year career. You can understand why the prospect of landing him plus a first-round pick would intrigue Minnesota.

Celtics’ trade offer for Kevin Love reportedly not the best

Kevin LoveThe Boston Celtics are among the teams pursuing Kevin Love, but their trade offer to the Minnesota Timberwolves apparently was not impressive enough.

The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett says the Celtics’ potential offer of the Nos. 6 and 17 overall picks in this year’s draft plus a player like Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk isn’t nearly the best offer the T-Wolves have received or are expected to receive.

Bulpett says the Warriors and Nuggets have both made more intriguing offers.

Love will be a free agent after the season and supposedly is trying to get the team to trade him before the season. Minnesota is receiving offers and can choose to keep the forward for the entire season or wait until the trade deadline to deal him.

The Star Tribune Jerry Zgoda believes the Warriors are the favorites to land Love, though he lists the Cavs as a possibility, especially if Cleveland decides to deal the No. 1 pick (which would probably be foolish).

ESPN’s Chad Ford believes the Celtics are the favorites because he doesn’t think the Warriors would include Klay Thompson in a deal. He also says he heard the C’s had the best deal on the table.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Love. I know when Danny Ainge wants a guy, he usually gets him, so I’m banking on Ainge right now.

Kevin Love calls Timberwolves ‘they’

Kevin LoveHas Kevin Love already moved on from the Minnesota Timberwolves? We hate reading too much into one tiny piece of an interview, but it was hard not to take note when Love referred to his current team as “they” on Wednesday.

When Aja Dang of FOX Sports asked Love about the future of the Timberwolves under Flip Saunders, the star forward responded like he is already a member of another team.

“If they’re healthy, they can do a lot of damage,” Love said. “With Flip as the coach — kinda been there, done that, in the Eastern Conference and in the Western Conference, having seen and really played all sides in the basketball world, I think he’s going to do a great job.”

That is pretty telling. You can argue that it was simply a slip of the tongue, and that might be true. But I highly doubt Love would be referring to the team he has spent the first six seasons of his career with as “they” if he wasn’t planning on being dealt.

For what it’s worth, Love also said he has a great relationship with Saunders when asked about Flip saying Love has no reason to be frustrated with the direction of the T-Wolves.

“What some people don’t know is that Flip and I have a great relationship, and we’ve been constantly speaking about my situation,” Love said. “Flip is going to be a tremendous coach again for the Timberwolves; he did a great job last year with our team, even throughout all the injuries and different things that we had.

“But that’s the way of Flip of getting people motivated, whether it’s me or people you don’t even know about. Am I happy he said those things? I think he’s supposed to come out and say that because it’s a team game, not about one singular player.”

There are too many rumors swirling around to have a solid idea of where Love is going to be traded, but it would be a shock if he is not dealt. The Timberwolves would simply be taking too much of a risk by keeping him.