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Report: Bulls offered Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic as part of package for Kevin Love

Jul 23, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT

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The Cavaliers are believed to be the leaders to land Kevin Love in trade from the Timberwolves, in large part due to the theory that they’d include Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first round pick in the deal, as well as engage a third team to take on some of Minnesota’s more unappealing contracts.

The Bulls were reportedly making a late push to get into the Love sweepstakes, but a package of Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and some filler was viewed to be somewhat less thrilling than the upside of two former number one overall picks.

But what if the pieces being offered by the Bulls were to change?

From Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops:

The Chicago Bulls have offered a package of Taj Gibson and rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star forward Kevin Love, a league source told on Wednesday.

The package is extremely intriguing to the Timberwolves, but there is a catch; it cannot be completed for another 29 days because McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts Tuesday. NBA rules prohibit rookies from being traded within the first 30 days of inking their rookie deals. …

The source who spoke to SheridanHoops said he believed the Bulls’ offer was better in the minds of the Wolves than the Cavs’ current offer of Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick.

But if Cleveland is willing to include a second future first-round pick – it owns the rights to Miami’s first-rounder as well as Memphis’ in 2015) – that might be enough to trump Chicago’s offer.

Here’s where things get interesting.

McDermott is an exciting rookie who showed an NBA-ready ability to score during Summer League in Las Vegas, and Mirotic is an experienced European player who should have no trouble stepping in and contributing immediately as part of a team’s frontcourt rotation.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that Mirotic sought a long-term commitment from the Bulls before agreeing to sign a deal with them to come to the states, however, and that Gibson is consistently being told not to worry about hearing his name come up in rumors.

The question becomes what the Timberwolves truly want to get out of a deal for Kevin Love. If they want players who can contribute immediately to help the team move towards a return to the playoffs, then Chicago’s offer seems better-suited to that. But if they want to begin a rebuilding process with a jump start of having talented young prospects in place, then the deal Cleveland can put together still seems like the better of those options.

  1. lawrinson20 - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    The T’Wolves need to relocate. I can’t imagine Minny will ever be a valid ‘desirable destination’ for free agents, so getting anyone to commit long-term is going to be an issue. The team might make the odd playoffs, but as for creating an actual perennial contender, not so much. Their only chance is to draft a superstar on the level of a Lebron or Durant, and hope they have/can get secondary and tertiary pieces, but unless that star is also from the region, he’s going to want to leave for greener/sunnier pastures.

    • dluxxx - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      The Timberwolves went to the playoffs 8 years in a row. They were the 3 seed multiple times and the top seed in 2003. They can certainly do it again. This whole “nobody wants to go to MN” thing is a bit overplayed.

      Who would ever want to go to Detroit? Move the team. Who would ever want to go to Toronto? Move the team. Who would ever want to go to Chicago? Cleveland? Milwaukee? Utah? Move em all. Every one of those cities is either cold in the winter (oh my gosh! It gets COLD in the WINTER???) or it’s a crappy place to live (I’m looking at you Detroit, Cleveland and Utah).

      Minneapolis is a great city with good culture, a ton of stuff to do, etc. And yeah, it’s cold in the winter. It happens.

      • handsomerob86 - Jul 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        I don’t think Cleveland or Utah is a crappy place to live especially Utah. Now Detroit, well its pretty hard to argue with that one…

    • campcouch - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      The franchises are well supported and like every other franchise have gone through lulls in success,but free agents continue to sign and live there…and you know it only snows during the winter right.

  2. seasickcecil - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Chris S seems to think that the Cavs need to include both of their tradable no. 1 picks and then it happens.

  3. zoomy123 - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    According to reports, Minnesota would rather have NBA-ready players to help them make the playoffs. So, they consider a package for a 29 year old Taj Gibson and…two rookies. Makes sense.

  4. seasickcecil - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Mirotic, 23, signed a three-year, $18 million contract, with the Bulls permitted to give him $600,000 to help pay off his buyout from Real Madrid, sources said. Since it has been three years since he was drafted, he is no longer bound to a rookie scale contract.

  5. deiong - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    the bulls wont ever give all that for love. never ever.. its on the verge of ridiculous. just them trying to get the cavs to up there deal. there is no way in heck the bulls offered anywhere near that.

  6. edavidberg - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    (1) Bulls are not giving up that much.
    (2) Cleveland’s offer is still better.
    (3) Pau wants to play with Mirotic. Trading Nikola would betray both of the Spaniards. It’s not happening.

    • campcouch - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      $22 million dollars softens betrayal.

  7. charlescub80 - Jul 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Minnesota still has no leverage. They are trying to make leverage by sending out rumors. Love has all the leverage! He will only accept a trade to a hand full of teams.

  8. dablakdrphil - Jul 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Too many distractions with all these rumors. I may be wrong but I feel Minny should trade Love before Training Camp starts instead of waiting at the trade deadline. Some of the teammates and fan base for Minny may be irritable of K. Love wanting to leave and not stick around for the long haul. If a player is telling you I’m leaving you next summer you try to get rid of that player as quickly as possible and try to gain some value back in return

    You’re never going to get equal talent back when trading a star. The bulls deal makes the most sense to me for Minny but it seems down right stupid for Chicago to even want to do. Flip better get a clue soon before he loses any advantage he thinks he has. Either lose Love for nothing and be forced to start over once again or accept at least a decent trade package for Love and try to build from there

  9. csbanter - Jul 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    What does this say about Derrick Rose progress if the Bulls are trying to acquire Love ? After Gasol was signed most people figured that would be it. Chicago is now viewed as a top 3 east team, but….these new rumors suggest they might not be convinced Rose can return back to his peak form. Pure speculation but something worth noting.

    • onlyavoice - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Amazing, Bulls fans fail to accept that Rose is not reliable.
      If the Bulls are serious about Love it is because they want someone to build around,
      and D.Rose is not that person.

  10. lazegowizfan95 - Jul 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    I really don’t understand why Bulls would get Paul Gasol to bring him off the Bench for Love I actually think Bulls would be alright with the squad they have already not that they don’t need Love but that’s giving up to much talent. Bulls can’t get selfish you all can’t get lucky like the Heat, why don’t more teams build on what they have instead of trading for big stars like Washington Wizards

  11. seasickcecil - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    NBA source w/ a big stake in the #Twolves/Cavs talks verifies report: Gibson, Mirotic, McDermott on the table for Love.

  12. seasickcecil - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    NBA source w/ a big stake in the Twolves/Cavs talks verifies report: Gibson, Mirotic, McDermott on the table for Love.

  13. seasickcecil - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    According to a Timberwolves source, the Bulls made a “significant offer” for Kevin Love this morning and it’s being “heavily considered.”

  14. seasickcecil - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Gar Forman played poker face for about 12 hours, and then pushed all the chips in this morning. Confirmed Taj and McDermott …

  15. seasickcecil - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    As well as other pieces. Mirotic not confirmed.

  16. bballnut50 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Wolves fan here- Wiggins or nothing! Everyone knows this is the deal, Flip is just working to get the second # 1 from Cavs & cap relief. Three years from now, top of the summit!

  17. seasickcecil - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Wiggins signed today. Time to put all this to a rest for awhile.

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