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Report: Cavaliers efforts to trade for Kevin Love dead; Dan Gilbert says Cavs unified on top pick

Jun 25, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

I’d say the Kevin Love and LeBron James come to the Cleveland Cavaliers dream is dead, but frankly it was never alive save for in the minds of the delusional.

We’ll leave the LeBron half alone for now (he’s not leaving Miami anyway) and focus on Love — the Cavaliers have made a push to trade for him. At the heart of their offer was the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft, the chance for Minnesota to get a very good to potential foundational piece player and jump-start the rebuilding process. Except Minnesota has generally asked for established young players — Klay Thompson, Taj Gibson, Bradley Beal — and more importantly Kevin Love doesn’t want to be in Cleveland. At all.

So the Cavaliers talks are dead according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Cleveland’s pursuit of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love – which included a package centered on the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft – has sputtered because of Love’s warning that he’d never sign an extension with the Cavaliers, league sources told Yahoo Sports…

Cleveland was eager to build with Love and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and hoped that the pairing could’ve become an incentive for LeBron James to seriously consider a return to the Cavaliers in free agency, sources said. Through Love’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, Cleveland was warned that Love would opt out of his contract in 2015 and never consider the Cavaliers’ offer of a long-term maximum contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Now the question becomes what do the Cavaliers do with the No. 1 pick?

Reports surfaced recently (via Chad Ford at ESPN) that the Cavaliers front office was divided on the Jabari Parker/Andrew Wiggins question. Some wanted Parker, the more NBA-ready player right now, because he could help more next season and get the Cavaliers out of the lottery. Other people want to take Wiggins, the guy with the freakish athleticism that could lead to him being a foundational player for a franchise.

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert took to twitter to refute there is a split.

I’ll ignore the whole “why does an owner care what Chad Ford says anyway?” angle of this thing. Although that is a valid question.

Rather my advice to Gilbert is this — if you don’t want people reporting these things shore up the leaks in your organization. Say what you will of Chad Ford’s opinions, or what Adrian Wojnarowski writes, neither just makes up reports. Both have connections.

Certain organizations are leaky, some are not — notice that when the Spurs make a move it seems to come out of left field? Notice how right before the Lakers made a huge trade for Pau Gasol there was no serious discussion of that deal? There are other teams in this camp.

Maybe the Cavaliers are talking out of both sides of their mouth in the run up to the draft as a smoke screen, but based on the organizational history I’m not sold.

  1. kb2408 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Cleveland needs to keep going with the youth movement and forget about vets like LBJ and Love. If LBJ goes back there it will probably be in the twilight of his career. I’m starting to think that if they’re going to keep the first pick they should draft Embiid. It would take a lot of balls but if Embiid becomes the next great franchise center, and Wiggins is just pretty good, the Cavs will forever regret it.

    • kenyante - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      In case you haven’t noticed, Embiid can’t stay healthy and Wiggins has a much higher ceiling than Parker or Joel.

    • kenyante - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Have you been paying attention? Embiid can’t even stay healthy. On top of that, Wiggins ceiling is much higher than Jabari and Joel. You can’t go wrong with either but the best pick in this draft is most likely Andrew.

      • football58 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        Are you a scout? What do you know about these players ceilings, or are you just a puppet that repeats what you’ve heard in the media?

      • birdzflyinhigh - Jun 25, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Actually, all of the “experts” say Embiid has the highest upside/ceiling because there are very few elite two-way 7 foot Center prospects. I’d say that drawing comparisons to Hakeem gives more upside than comparisons to Paul George. This is also coming from a sixers fan who hopes they take Wiggins over Embiid regardless of upside.

  2. nflcrimerankingscom - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    “I’ll ignore the whole “why does an owner care what Chad Ford says anyway?” angle of this thing. Although that is a valid question.”

    Because he cares about his damaged public perception.

    “Rather my advice to Gilbert is this — if you don’t want people reporting these things shore up the leaks in your organization. Say what you will of Chad Ford’s opinions, or what Adrian Wojnarowski writes, neither just makes up reports. Both have connections.”

    That shouldn’t be your advice since it would put you out of business.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Yes, very good nfl. He tells him to ignore chad ford who is a real reporter and then he offers advice like the owner is going to listen to him.smh

  3. knowthefacts215 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I am still fuming that the stinkin cavs have the first pick, I hope whoever they take turns into a bum…funny thing is I have nothing against Cleveland just that no team should be that lucky

    • zukny1 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      my sentiments exactly:
      2011: 1st & 4th.
      2012: 4th.
      2013: 1st:
      2014: 1st.

      One has to wonder how this is possible and even more so. How is it still possible to suck that bad.

      • 1historian - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Organizations win championships. One crucial aspect of a good organization is appraising talent. The fact that Cleveland is still in the dumps even after 2 #1 picks and 2 #4 picks in the last 3 years is a pretty good indication of a poor organization.

    • azarkhan - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      Losing shouldn’t be rewarded with top draft picks. Or at least there should be a limit as to many times a team can be in the lottery.

    • campcouch - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Is it good or bad luck? A misfire on the first pick should make other teams happy. That’s an opportunity to take a player that the following team(s) think is #1 worthy.

  4. seasickcecil - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    If Wade and Bosh don’t opt out next week and take a lot less money the big 3 will be over and Lebron will be gone.

  5. cruzan80 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    This is why the Cavs are…well…the Cavs.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Supposedly the cavs. want to get into the playoff this year so why wouldn’t they take the reported trade from Orlando of afflalo and the 4th and 12th pick in a deep draft. Afflalo is just entering his prime and fills a need at the 2 and 3 and can allow them to trade waiters if they want.Plus they can still get 2 good players at 4&12 or make more trades etc. There is no guarantee that Wiggins or Parker will become great.

  6. jrob23 - Jun 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    No matter who they draft that player will leave as soon as possible. Cleveland is about the worst city in the NBA and nobody wants to be there. That’s why you keep taking the player with the highest upside and a) hope he develops and you can convince him to sign long term deal b) have the ability to trade him when he demands out so you can recoup picks and players. Sadly that is the plight they find themselves in. And that is why you draft Wiggins. Because if he pans out and stays you are golden. If he pans out and goes, you get the most back for him

  7. BrownsTown - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Good points. Now excuse me while I go read some PBBT articles talking about how the Cavs’ draft picks come out of left field.

  8. j0esixpack - Jun 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Flip Saunders can posture however he wants – but Love will go only where he wants to go

  9. jzone954 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    After the baby rant when Lebron left this owner did over social media, no one will ever want to play here. Period

  10. southpaw77 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Cleveland as a fanbase is not a horrible city. That place packed em in with the 80s Price/Daugherty teams and again for the LBJ era and still get good crowds with the bad decisions management makes.

    Perception can be turned around quick with some winning. Just a few years ago the LA Clippers were always said to be the worst orginazation. Cheap owner, bad draft picks, and losing. Now look.

    Cavs gotta nail this pick, Kyrie has to step up his defense, team stays healthy, team buys into Blatts system and then they won’t be joked about like the 90 Clippers, Bengals, or 90 Tampa Bay Rays. Winning erases that.

  11. JB (the original) - Jun 25, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Wait a minute. All this time Kevin Love has said “it’s about winning”. Is he saying that he, Irving and James, and all the young talent, wouldn’t be able to get it done? That he’d turn down a max contract from the Cavs–even if they won it all this coming season? So, what is it REALLY about Kevin?

  12. jazz11001 - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Please get rid of Love as quickly as possible. All the sports stations are dogging him for acting like a baby. Get the draft picks Flip and kick that punk to the curb. He is only a star because of the lack of talent around him. Often injured no defense can’t do a push up bearded identity crisis of a white dude. I will buy season tickets just to listen to the crowd boo him. They NEVER boo KG when he returns they WILL boo Love.

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