When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat, the Cavaliers have committed to developing young talent they have acquired through the draft. They have landed three number one overall picks, point guard Kyrie Irving (2011), forward Anthony Bennett (2013) and swingman Andrew Wiggins (2014), and two number four overall picks, big man Tristan Thompson (2011) and guard Dion Waiters (2012).
Now that James has returned to Cleveland, agreeing to a two-year deal, the Cavaliers are attempting to speed up the process and that means pursuing Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. Although it will likely cost the Cavaliers Wiggins, Bennett and at least another pick, they seem to be progressing towards a deal.
According to Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst, the Cavaliers are very confident they will eventually land Kevin Love.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Cavs firmly believe they are progressing toward a trade framework that the Minnesota Timberwolves will accept in exchange for Love and enable Cleveland to pair the versatile big man with Team USA teammate LeBron James.
Cleveland’s offer, sources said, would be headlined by No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013′s No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick, with one source close to the process insisting Tuesday that the Cavs are destined to acquire Love. At least one more player might have to added to the package to satisfy NBA trade rules.
James averaged 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 37.9% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe last season. Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe last season.