Per media reports, The Cleveland Cavaliers are the frontrunners to land Minnesota Timberwolves big man Kevin Love, as the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors have decided to pass in their pursuit of the 6-foot-10, 260-pound power forward.
Unless another team miraculously jumps out and wants to be involved with the Love saga, which doesn’t look like this is going to happen, it looks like Cleveland could be Kevin Love’s new home.
But at what cost?
Right now, Cleveland is offering a package of 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 overall selection Anthony Bennett and a future first-round choice. To make the deal work under salary cap regulations, the Cavs would also have to throw in another player.
Wiggins can’t be traded until Aug. 23, which is 30 days after he signed his rookie contract, but the team can continue to work on a deal in the interim.
Love, is almost certain to opt out of his contract after earning $15.7 million in 2014-15, but he has made it clear that he would resign with the Cavs, now that LeBron James is playing with them.
Love is held in high regard by the four-time league MVP and in adding him, would give the Cavs a formidable All-Star laden “Big Three” with the inclusion of point guard Kyrie Irving as Love.
With Dion Waiters as shooting guard and Anderson Varejao at center, with the talent of guys like Tristan Thompson, Mike Miller and Matthew Dellavedova coming off the bench, the Cavs would instantly become heavy favorites to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
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