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Report: Cavaliers, Timberwolves still talking Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins trade, with Bennett also in now

Jul 18, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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LAS VEGAS — The Cavaliers are trying to keep Andrew Wiggins out of the spotlight at Summer League. Thursday night he was not made available to the media after the Cavaliers game, leaving new coach Dave Blatt to expound upon how Wiggins is dealing with the trade rumors swirling around him before he ever signed a contract.

“Rumors are rumors, that’s why they call them rumors,” Blatt said after a game where Wiggins was aggressive and got to the free throw line 20 times. “Sooner or later in one’s career you’re going to have to deal with it. So if he has to deal with it now so be it. It’s Summer League, he’s learning everything as he goes along.”

But those rumors will not die.

Chris Broussard of ESPN had a non-update update of sorts on where the reported talks between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves stand, but with a few more details.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a blockbuster trade centered on Kevin Love and the league’s past two No. 1 draft picks, league sources told ESPN.

In an attempt to add Love, a three-time All-Star, the Cavaliers are willing to part with Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. One source said the Cavs also are willing to give up a first-round draft pick for next season.

Bennett was the No. 1 overall pick the year before and after a rough rookie season he has come to Summer League in shape and has been one of the more impressive players in Las Vegas, working hard on the glass and showing a pretty good touch around the rim. He’s not a future superstar, but he looks like a solid young rotation big man.

There are still a lot of games being played here.

Minnesota is trying to drive up the price they are getting back for Love, ideally getting Golden State into the bidding offering Klay Thompson. The buzz in Las Vegas is Thompson is still not part of the deal.

The other question on the table: Will Kevin Love opt-in to the last year of his deal for whatever team trades for him? This is what Chris Paul did when the Clippers traded for him. If the Cavaliers are willing to give up two No. 1 picks for him plus a future first rounder (or if the Warriors throw in Thompson) that’s a lot to give up for a guy who could walk at the end of the season as a free agent. He reportedly has said he would want to stay with LeBron James in Cleveland, but Dwight Howard’s people said early on the big man wanted to stay in Los Angeles. Things change. The Cavaliers would be foolish to give up the potential of Wiggins without that security of an extra year from Love.

But the sides are talking.

  1. deeballer - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    As a Heat fan I can’t believe what I’m seeing. Sure we lost the best player in the league, and I’m sad that happened, but look at the things him and his crew are doing in Cleveland. Lebron is a great player, but it looks like he they are acting as GM and President as well. They tried to bring this chaos to the Heat organization, but it seems like Riley and Arison wouldn’t put up with it. Who could blame them?

    • campcouch - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Players requesting other players or talking to each obviously isn’t new. Your Heat experienced the same thing. Wade,James and Bosh didn’t wake up one day and individually decide to go there, they talked about it. once there they lobbied players to come there as well. Heck,James mentioned the name Napier and Riles pulled a draft day trade to get him. Kobe,Rose, Howard and Nowitzki all lobbied for Melo,so why is it that James lobbying and talking with Love is suddenly bad?

  2. iloveopenbar - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    i actually think they’re better with wiggins than they are with love. their defense immediately gets weaker if they pull that trade.

    wiggins is already a better defender than love and he’s gonna get much better THIS YEAR as the season goes along. he doesn’t even have to worry about scoring. lebron and kyrie can provide the points. its also rather easy for them to bring shooters in for cheap. wiggins just needs to lock down on defense and fly around on the break

    if they really wanna win a title, they should try to acquire a banger big man who can rebound and block some shots. and if bennett starts to realize his potential, they might have one already

  3. jimsjam33 - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Great trade for both teams . Cleveland goes for a title and Minnesota starts re-building .

  4. obmig - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Flip will find a way to lose Love and get worse in the process. It’s his way.

    • desertfan - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Wolves should then flip Wiggins and Bennett to Raptors for Picks as they will be good ones.

      Great for TO as the Canadian content will allow the team to mature but with big crowds.

  5. 1friendofthepeople - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    WOW. This could not be playing out any more perfectly for Minnesota. Since Gilbert has tipped his hand that he is DESPERATE to get Love.

    You’ve got a Minnesota team that hasn’t made the playoffs in years, even though having All -Star K Love. They are stuck in mediocrity and it probably wont all of a sudden change with the team currently constructed the way it is.

    Love is leaving this off-season he made that clear. Now Minnesota is getting tremendous value for him.

    Wiigins? Bennett? Supposedly a first round pick or 2!? It really might be A LOT better to “lose” Love’s interest than to have him another 4 years with the current make up of the team.
    This is crazy.

  6. hauts81 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Kevin Love is a follower, a wingman. He would jump at the chance to be a #2 or 3 in Cleveland and let LeBron and/or Irving do all the heavy lifting.

  7. scbaby2013 - Jul 20, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    I would just to get rid of that awful pick, Bennett

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