Amid all of the trade rumors surrounding his status with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Love has decided to not play this summer with Team USA. Love was supposed to report to Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup in a couple days. He has been the topic of the biggest NBA news over the past few weeks.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, and Golden State Warriors are the strongest suitors for a Kevin Love trade. According to ESPN, The Cavs are said to be very optimistic that they will acquire Love from the Timberwolves. Reports say the Cavs are offering Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a first round pick. There have been conflicting reports about what the Cavs offer is and if they have even offered Wiggins yet. Another possible advantage the Cavs may have is the report by FOX Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico. According to his sources, Love has conveyed his desire to be traded to Cleveland. Amico goes on to say that it is unclear if Love has formally asked the Timberwolves for a trade. If this happens, Cleveland could get him at a cheaper price.
The Bulls have reportedly offered Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott, and Nikola Mirotic for Love. The Warriors have supposedly offered Harrison Barnes and David Lee, but it still remains to be seen if they have also included Klay Thompson. The Timberwolves are insistent about getting Thompson from the Warriors. But even with him in the trade, ESPN reported the Timberwolves, more specifically their ownership, prefer Wiggins rather then Thompson. It is still unknown whether Cleveland will acquire Love, but it seems almost certain that he will not be with Minnesota for much longer.
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