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Report: LeBron James has reached out to Kevin Love to express interest in him playing for Cavaliers

Jul 17, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

US forward Kevin Love (L) and US forward US forward Kevin Love (L) and US forward

Things may be getting closer to the Cavaliers becoming even more of a contender in the East than they already are, after making the free agent coup of the summer by signing LeBron James.

Kevin Love is not a free agent, but Minnesota is fielding offers for him because he has informed the team that he will not re-sign there when his contract is up after the 2015 season.

The catch, obviously, is that Love would have to agree to re-up anywhere he is traded in order for another team to give up any real assets in exchange for his services. And LeBron is apparently doing his part to try to convince Love that a pairing in Cleveland would be the right long-term decision.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

LeBron James has reached to tell Kevin Love of his desire for them to play together with the Cavaliers, front office sources tell Yahoo.

Cleveland has reportedly caved on Minnesota’s demand to include the number one overall pick in this summer’s draft, Andrew Wiggins, in any deal that would send Love to the Cavaliers. It’s a wise decision, because with James in his prime, you want to try to win one or more championships immediately, not wait for a potentially top talent to develop into an All-Star two or three years down the road.

What we’ve been hearing around the league is that LeBron and his agent have a lot more pull with the front office in Cleveland than they had in Miami, and that’s especially true now with a first-year head coach (David Blatt) and first-year GM (David Griffin) currently in place.

James jumping in to help recruit is likely more appreciated there than it would have been with the Heat, and it might be the final step in getting Love to essentially give the OK to the two teams to pull the trigger on a deal that would make the Cavaliers the undisputed favorites to win the East next season.

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  1. seasickcecil - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    From the article. “James believes he has been under-paid for years. The Cavs will probably sell out every game this season thanks to his return. James and his representatives know that other teams have told their players, “LeBron isn’t getting the max-deal, why should you?” They believe there is a bigger issue here — that the owners are making lots of money off stars, and stars deserve the biggest cut possible.”

    • thetruthcampaign - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Will Wiggins unfollow James now on Twitter?

    • thesixersbench - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      You’re right. LeBron is worth over $50 million a season. Under the NBA’s CBA, stars get screwed, while the middle class benefits. Oddly enough, it’s the opposite of the current American economic system.

      LeBron makes ~20 M per year….Trevor Booker makes 5M.

      Nobody is going to watch Trevor Booker.

  2. mnsadsportsfan - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Knuckle push ups…anyone anyone. Man I hope this goes through I cant wait to have K-Love gone!

    • ranfan12 - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      26 and 12 anyone on 45% LOL

    • redbaronx - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      @mnsadsportsfan – Let me get this straight. You’re a Minny fan and you want K-Love gone? Minnesota is the epitome of a never ending rebuilding project. Looks like you’re in for another 5 years at least. I wouldn’t be too happy about that if I were you.

  3. seasickcecil - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    A couple of things. 1. When a draft pick is signed he can’t be traded for 30 days. Wiggins is NOT signed. 2. After losing Spenser Hawes to free agency and giving Tyler Zeller away the Cavs need a big man desperately. I have not heard boo about any interest in any free agent bigs from the Cavs.

    • kinggw - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      They still have Andy

    • redbaronx - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      @seasickcecil – 1) Minny isn’t going to trade Love before the season starts in any case, so the fact that Wiggins isn’t signed is not a big deal. Look for a trade around November / December or so.
      2) The Cavs are probably going to be all in on Love, and that’s why you don’t hear from them about other big men. They’ll still need other big men, but they probably want to focus in on Love. That’s probably a mistake on their part because as you said, they need a big man badly.

      • jrob23 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        If Minnesota wants Wiggins they can’t wait until the season starts. The reason is Wiggins’ effect on the Cavs will be felt immediately as he will be filling the stat sheet nightly in a variety of ways whilst playing great D. Once Lebron gets the chance to play with him and mentor him he’ll realize that his new big three Irving, Wiggins, and himself is better than the old aging three he left and he won’t want that deal anymore. He wants to win. Love is a stat filler but on a good team where he is 3rd option his numbers will plummet and his defensive deficiencies will be amplified

      • bkbell3 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:42 AM

        Red, I’m confused, if wiggins isn’t signed then how is he playing in summer league? Guys usually don’t take the chance on getting hurt. I know they held out Randle from the begining of summer league until the lakers finally signed him.

      • redbaronx - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        @bkbell3 – I would imagine that his agent took out an insurance policy for Wiggins in case he gets hurt. That’s what players usually do, though I haven’t heard about it in the news as far as Wiggins. All I know is that Wiggins has been playing in the summer league right alongside Anthony Bennett, and he’s been doing it without a contract as he’s not signed yet. Even without an insurance policy, some young guys are just going to do what they’re going to do! I remember Jay Williams who was the #2 pick for the Bulls some years back went out right after the draft and raced his motorcycle at 100 mph and had a career ending accident. He was never the same and I think his comeback attempt was very short lived.

        I’m not saying that Wiggins playing ball is like racing a motorcycle, but it’s a reasonable risk. Some guys that have held out for their contract have suffered game wise when the season would start, and it’s not a great idea to be behind everyone else when preparing for your rookie season.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        Redbaron, thanks, but Unless if is a 50-100mil policy he is crazy to risk it. Those policies are real expensive and usually only pay off if you can never play again. If he gets hurt and is never the same but can still play then he is f–ked

      • redbaronx - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        @bkbell3 – I’m not arguing for or against insurance policies, or the merits of Wiggins playing in the summer league. I’m just saying the reality is that some players play with the risk of getting injured before signing a contract. Others take out insurance policies. That’s all.

      • jaydm84 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:40 AM

        Jrob, you are placing way to much faith in a rookie, Wiggins is no LeBron or Durant and will have no effect on the Cavs this year

      • redbaronx - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        @jaydm84 – Hey bro. You responded to my comment instead of Jrob, so he might not know of your comment. You should try replying to him directly. I agree with you 100%. Wiggins has some good tools, but he’s no LeBron in his rookie year. I didn’t want to say that to jaydm84 since every now and then a rookie comes into the league and exceeds everyone’s expectations. I don’t want to put a ceiling on Wiggins rookie season, but LeBron had the body and the game to be a rookie sensation. Wiggins is a little rail thin physique wise, and doesn’t have the court vision that LeBron has/had. Very few people do!

        For the rookie year I can see Wiggins causing disruptions with his arms and sticking them out in the lanes. Occasionally contributing on offense. Having some trouble defensively with stronger guys or shorter quicker players.

  4. lunds007 - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Poor guy in the photo looks like he is getting a Double helping of USA!

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