A potential trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love is beginning to take shape.
According to a report, the Cavs and Timberwolves are currently discussing a blockbuster trade, in which Cleveland would send Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the top picks in the past two drafts, and possibly their first-round pick of next year’s draft, to Minnesota for Love. The report says this deal was close to happening today, but that the Timberwolves want more value than what the Cavs are offering.
Already, though, one can see the game of cat and mouse that the Cavs and Golden State Warriors are playing. Yesterday, reports surfaced that LeBron James reached out to Love and that the Cavs would be willing to include Wiggins in an offer for the power forward. Previously, the Cavs vowed that Wiggins wasn’t going to be traded.
This morning, a BasketballInsiders report claimed that the Warriors would be willing to go back on their stance too and include shooting guard Klay Thompson in trade package of David Lee, Harrison Barnes, and a future first-round pick in exchange for Love and T-Wolves shooting guard Kevin Martin. Previously, the Warriors didn’t want to include Thompson, with many media outlets reporting they still don’t.
However, if all these reports come to fruition, the Timberwolves seemingly have the choice of moving Love to Golden State or further developing Cleveland’s package to maximize their trade value. Looking at the Cavs roster, it will be interesting to see who they can dangle and offer to bolster the package enough for Minnesota to green-light the deal.