After convincing the game’s best player, forward LeBron James, to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four years (and two championships) with the Miami Heat, many believe the Cavaliers are now the favorites to land Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. The Cavaliers have a plethora of assets and would likely have to deal the last two top-overall picks, forward Anthony Bennett (2013) and swingman Andrew Wiggins 2014) to get a deal done.
However, there is a chance the Cavaliers decided to bank on their young players and don’t make a deal.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes the Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors (if they include guard Klay Thompson) are still in play to land Love should the Cavaliers not get a deal done.
The Warriors, if they include Klay Thompson in their proposals. The Bulls. The Nuggets (yes, the Nuggets; they could do a reverse Carmelo trade with the remnants of the assets leftover from the ‘Melo deal). Those appear to be the primary contenders now. The Celtics have just about moved on.
The Warriors’ deal would revolve around Thompson and power forward David Lee while the Bulls have reportedly offered big man Taj Gibson and a pair of rookies, former Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotić and former Creighton Blue Jays’ forward Doug McDermott and the Nuggets would reportedly be willing to part with swingman Wilson Chandler, power forward Kenneth Faried and guard Arron Afflalo.
The Timberwolves, however, are in no hurry to trade Love.
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.
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