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Cavs Rumors: T’Wolves Owner Eyes August 23 for Love Deal


The hints and clues just keep piling up.

As the basketball world tries to recover from the devastating injury to Pacers forward Paul George from last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves found themselves back in the news again for – you guessed it, Kevin Love rumors.

Late Friday evening, Busted Coverage Cleveland first reported that the NBA store had discontinued the sale of Andrew Wiggins jerseys. BC said that it’s more than likely just a coincidence, yet every other marquee rookie’s jersey remains up on the site.

Then on Saturday, Wolves owner Glen Taylor who many thought may be a stalling point of any Kevin Love trade, made perhaps the most telling comments to date on the matter.

Taylor said the Timberwolves are looking to move Love soon and think that the deal will happen by the 23rd or the 24th of August.

“I’m saying it’s most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that’s what he wants to do” Taylor told the Pioneer Press in reference to a potential trade.

That weekend in August is extremely significant in reference to any potential deal because it will mark 30 days from the date Andrew Wiggins signed his contract with the Cavaliers.

NBA rules state that no rookie can be traded within 30 days of signing their first contract, which many assume is the only thing holding up the trade.

If you read between the lines, it appears that Kevin Love is indeed going to become a Cleveland Cavalier this season, and Andrew Wiggins will have to grow and mature in Minnesota. So far there has been no confirmation that any trade is finished or even imminent, but it’s extremely hard to believe that all of these intimate details just happened out of coincidence.

Bob Finnan of the News-Herald in Cleveland reported that the deal centered around Love and Wiggins would send additional pieces each way if it was going to work.

Finnan said that the current proposal has Cleveland sending Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and at 2015 first-round pick to Minnesota for Love and Corey Brewer. Finnan also mentioned the possibility of JJ Barea or Dion Waiters being moved, but I expect both players to remain with their current teams.

Cleveland is lucky to be in a win-win situation, but dealing Wiggins is a move that won’t be graded for at least a few years. If Love comes to Cleveland and the Cavs win three titles in the next five or six years, it is a no brainer for David Griffin’s front office to pull the trigger on the deal.

Unfortunately, there are no championship guarantees attached to Love, and in fact, he’s never even been to the playoffs once in his career.

Regardless of that fact, Cavs fans are hopeful that he will be able to push this team over the top to a championship. Only time will tell what both trams decide to do, but for now…

Let’s continue to speculate over the NBA store.




Matt is a junior communication student at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Florida for school in 2011. He has written for the school publication "Eagle News" for the past year as the women's basketball beat writer and as a featured columnist. He has also produced FGCU basketball games for ESPN3. If he's not playing sports, you're likely to find him watching sports, talking sports or writing about sports.

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