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Report: Suns, at last minute, dangled Eric Bledsoe in sign-and-trade for Kevin Love

Aug 22, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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At one point, the Timberwolves reportedly preferred Klay Thompson to Andrew Wiggins as the centerpiece of a Kevin Love trade.

That was probably posturing, but who knows for certain? Maybe Glen Taylor and Flip Saunders actually desire a solid young guard – who’s about to become very highly paid – over Wiggins, the most recent No. 1 pick and a player with a huge amount of upside.

Just in case, the Suns checked.

Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

With just hours to go before a planned megadeal the would send Kevin Love to Cleveland, the Phoenix Suns reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday to ask once more about the possibility of acquiring Love in a sign-and-trade for guard Eric Bledsoe, sources told ESPN.com.

The Cavaliers and Wolves have had an agreement in place on Love for weeks, and it remains intact, sources said.

The Minnesota-Cleveland-Philadelphia deal seems locked in and has for a while. I don’t know the terms of the agreement, but there’s obviously a difference between “We’ll make the trade Aug. 23” when Wiggins can be dealt and “We’ll make the trade Aug. 23 so long as we haven’t received a better offer by then.” So, there’s a chance the Timberwolves could have ethically taken Phoenix’s offer.

Either way, though, Bledsoe doesn’t move the needle. Wiggins, under contract for four more years at a third of the price, is much more valuable. He’s excellent return for Love, a player who could leave at the end of the year. Bledsoe, who likely who would have required a max contract to agree to the deal, just isn’t quite on the same level.

And the Suns probably knew that. So why make the offer?

It doesn’t hurt to try, and it helps show Bledsoe they’re working to find a solution for him.

It just doesn’t get Love.

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