Report: Timberwolves only talking Love trade with Cavs

Record-Courier staff report Published:

The rumors and reports surrounding a potential deal that would send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins and other pieces has been rampant for weeks.

They all track back to LeBron James' decision, which was announced on July 11, to return to the Cavs.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland reportedly continue to talk, which is not new news. However, what is new is that a report surfaced on Wednesday that the Timberwolves have begun to talk exclusively with the brass of the Cavaliers.

Previously, other teams' offers were being considered -- most notably the Chicago Bulls.

According to sources throughout the NBA, the Bulls had packaged Taj Gibson alongside rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to try and entice their way into the discussions to acquire Love.

Golden State had also placed an offer on the table for Love that reached a sticking point because the Warriors were not willing to part with sharpshooting guard Klay Thompson.

It was said all along, though, that the Wolves were always more intrigued by what Cleveland could send their way in exchange for the All-Star power forward that averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds per game during the 2013-14 season.

Minnesota has long held strong that any deal coming from the Cavs would need to include Wiggins, a 6-foot-8 rookie from Kansas. In addition to Wiggins, the Timberwolves are reportedly asking for no less than Anthony Bennett and a future first round draft pick to also be a part of the deal.

While Cleveland seemed reluctant at first to ship Wiggins away so quickly, indications began to sway from reports that the organization was willing to explore the idea of a future without the No. 1 pick.

NBA trades are complicated, mostly because of the collective bargaining agreement, which would make it almost a certainty that a third team would need to join the trade discussions to get the money right for all involved.

Love becomes a free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season. He has made it clear that he will not re-sign with the Timberwolves. However, he has not made any official commitment that he would sign long term with any team that trades for him.

The Cavs signed Wiggins to his rookie contract on July 23 and based on league rules, he cannot be traded for 30 days from that point.

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