The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to trade Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick on Thursday, first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
However, due to Wiggins recently signing his rookie contract, the deal can not officially be completed until August 23. This waiting period has led some, as reported by CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, to believe that the Golden State Warriors could swoop in and trump the Cavs’ offer for Love.
But as one league source connected to the negotiations said Thursday, what if Golden State emerged with an offer that would finally include coveted shooting guard Klay Thompson in a deal for Love?
“Flip will get amnesia real quick about any existing deal,” the person said.
But before we could even start imagining Love in Warriors jersey, the Associated Press’ Jon Krawczynski came in and indirectly shot down Berger’s report.
Again: GSW backing down and including Klay can’t derail this deal. Wolves prefer Wiggins-led package.
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) August 7, 2014
Not only is the Cavaliers offer better than a Klay Thompson-centered deal, it would certainly be risky business for the Timberwolves to renege on the word to Cleveland. Kevin Love will be on the Cavs next season and a part of a super team with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
The Warriors had their chance to include Klay and acquire Love before James signed with Cleveland. Now it’s too late and they only have themselves to blame if this ultimately blows up in their faces.
Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds this past season.