The parameters of the inevitable Kevin Love trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be taking shape, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, with Love’s current team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Philadelphia 76ers in the mix.
UPDATE (8/7): According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Love has agreed to opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with the Cavaliers on a five-year, $120 million extension.
The Timberwolves have reached an agreement in principle to send Love to the Cleveland for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick.
In an interview on ESPN radio, a handshake agreement (or a trade in principle) exists between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves that will develop in this fashion: the top two picks in each of the last two drafts, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, will be sent by Cleveland to Minnesota for Love, with the Cavaliers presumably also adding a future first round selection to the deal.
However, Bennett won’t have any time to don a Timberwolves jersey, since he’ll then be forwarded to the 76ers in exchange for Thaddeus Young.
Windhorst said, “The deal is done, but not done. The teams have agreed, but they can’t say they’ve agreed … because we are in this weird moratorium period.”
The reason for the whisper campaign with knowing winks is that NBA rules don’t allow a player (Wiggins) to be dealt to another team until 30 days after the signing of a contract takes place. In this case, that date will be Saturday, August 23.
Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune also offered clues that point to the long-rumored Love trade, using a timeline of actions by all interested parties over the past month.