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 ESPN.com points out the Bulls are in the same boat as the Cavaliers because McDermott and Mirotić are also rookies that recently signed their contracts.
Cavs can’t trade Wiggins for 30 days BUT Bulls can’t get KLove, either, w/out including Mirotic and/or McDermott & sweating out similar wait
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 25, 2014
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.