Mar 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) runs on the court in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love rumors: Like Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls have to wait on a deal

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the favorites to land Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. Not only would having LeBron James convince Love to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they can give up the last two number one overall picks, forward Anthony Bennett (2013) and swingman Andrew Wiggins (2014). However, after signing Wiggins on Thursday, the Cavaliers would have to wait 30 days to deal him. The Golden State Warriors are also squarely in the mix, but have refused to part ways with guard Klay Thompson, who the Timberwolves reportedly covet.

The could allow the Chicago Bulls, who are reportedly offering big Taj Gibson and a pair of rookie forwards in former Creighton Blue Jays’ star Doug McDermott and former Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotić.

As Marc Stein of points out the Bulls are in the same boat as the Cavaliers because McDermott and  Mirotić  are also rookies that recently signed their contracts.

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. Gibson averaged 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 assists per game last year while shooting 47.9% from the floor and 75.1% from the free throw line. McDermott won the Naismith Award as the country’s best player, putting up a career-high 26.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He shot 52.6% from the field, 44.9% from beyond the arc and 86.4% from the free throw line. Mirotić averaged 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game for Real Madrid last season.

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