In a matter of seconds, the Kevin Love trade market has shrunk to one team: the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to both Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves have made it their business to discuss the availability of Kevin Love with the Cavs and only the Cavs.
The Minnesota Timberwolves presently are engaged in serious Kevin Love trade talks with no teams other than the Cleveland Cavaliers, which only adds to the growing belief around the league that Love teaming up with LeBron James is inevitable, according to sources briefed on the situation.
While nothing is official, the chances for the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls have diminished quickly. Is this a surprise move by Minnesota? No. The Cavaliers have reportedly put together the best trade package, topping the Warriors package of David Lee and Klay Thompson, and the Bulls’ package of Taj Gibson and other pieces (McDermott/Butler/Mirotic).
Could this create a problem with the Wolves going forward? Unlikely. If anything, this is a great way to show the Cavaliers they’re all in on what they have to offer—Wiggins, Bennett, etc. And if the Wolves find themselves in a situation where they and the Cavs are unable to work out a deal? They’ll haplessly resort back to whoever else was interested in Kevin Love.
Usually teams aren’t able to do that, but with an asset as good as Love, they’ve a leeway that isn’t afforded to all.