Ever since LeBron James announced he was coming home to Cleveland, rumors have been swirling about a potential trade the Cavaliers could make with the Timberwolves to acquire their All-Star power forward Kevin Love.
But you already knew that.
The Cavaliers have said numerous times over the last two weeks that any potential deal for Love would not include their 2014 overall No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins. They have tried to structure deals that would include — in different combinations — Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett and a fist full of draft picks, but the Timberwolves made it clear that Wiggins had to be included.
Now it seems the Cavaliers are changing their tune. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the franchise has decided to package a first round pick, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins in a deal for Kevin Love. It would seem that this would have the Timberwolves signing on the dotted line, but now they have Golden State in the mix and Broussard tells us it’s all about driving up Love’s worth.
The Warriors have thus far been unwilling to offer Klay Thompson, and are currently dangling David Lee and Harrison Barnes. While some executives in Golden State are willing to part with Thompson, the club’s overall stance has been that he will not be traded. There is also a feeling around the league that Minnesota is attempting to drive up the price for Love by having the Cavs and Warriors compete for the deal.
If the Timberwolves were to take the current deal offered by the Cavaliers, they would be getting three first round picks for Love.