The Cleveland Cavaliers believe they will eventually acquire Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein.
ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the Cavaliers, meanwhile, are increasingly confident about their chances of landing Love and firmly believe they are progressing toward a trade framework that the Timberwolves will accept in exchange for the All-Star power forward, which would enable Cleveland to pair him with Olympic teammate LeBron James.
It certainly makes sense why the Cavs would be confident about their place in the Love sweepstakes, given Stein is also reporting that Minnesota is intrigued by Cleveland’s trade package that includes Andrew Wiggins.
The Cleveland Cavaliers cannot officially trade Andrew Wiggins before Aug. 23, but they remain the front-runner in the trade sweepstakes for the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ Kevin Love, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Wolves, at present, are higher on a Cleveland trade package centered on Wiggins than any other offer on the table for Love.
While these discussions and negotiations continue to drag out, it seems likely this trade will happen at some point.
The Cavs need to get Love if they are to be true contenders for an NBA championship immediately, which they obviously want to make happen with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving already in the fold. And it’s hard to envision the Wolves finding a better rebuilding package than Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick, which is what Cleveland is believed to be offering.
The Big Three era might be over in Miami, but it sounds like a new one will be getting underway in Cleveland sooner than later.