Cavs “firmly in lead” to acquire Kevin Love

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Andrew Wiggins is one step closer to being an official member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Whether or not he ultimately reaches that destination remains to be seen.

The Golden State Warriors were long considered to be the Cavs’ lone rival in obtaining Love as they refuse to include swingman Klay Thompson in discussions given Love’s potential to leave after one season. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst report that the Chicago Bulls—one of the choice destinations for Love—have also entered into the fray1, but the Cavs remain “firmly in the lead” in a deal that would center around Wiggins. The Cavs are reportedly increasingly optimistic that they are progressing toward a trade framework that the Minnesota Timberwolves will accept in exchange for Love to pair him with his Team USA teammate LeBron James.

The Associated Press has confirmed an earlier report from Windhorst that states the Cavs’ No. 1 overall pick will sign his rookie contract with the team. Wiggins has been the topic of trade talks since being selected this past summer, the 6-foot-8-inch shooting guard being the top target of the Minnesota Timberwolves as they look to deal power forward Kevin Love before he reaches free agency. Last week, the AP cited two people familiar with the discussions in saying that the Cavs were still not willing to include Wiggins in a deal despite previous reports to the contrary.

Once the deal (said to be worth roughly $5.5 million in 2014) is inked, the Cavs would be prohibited from dealing the rookie for 30 days. Prior to being signed, Wiggins’ value in a trade was zero. If the Cavaliers do decide to part ways with the highly touted swingman, they would be $5.5 million closer to the required $12.56 million needed to acquire Love. Other players rumored to be involved include Dion Waiters ($4.06 million) and last year’s No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett ($5.56 million).

[Related: Mike Krzyzewski would trade Wiggins for Love “without hesitancy”]

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Footnotes:

  1. Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler appear to be their starting point. []
  • cmm13

    The title of this article should have read:
    “ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HAS CHANGED. CONTINUE WITH YOUR LIVES”.

  • Harv 21

    but i don’t want them to include Wiggins

  • RGB
  • RGB

    Of course we’re in the lead.
    ESPN is offering Wiggins, and everybody else is offering…ummm, nothing.

  • mgbode

    Rare picture of BW since he fell out of favor with LeBron’s inner circle

    http://earnthis.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/wall_e_2.jpg

  • Ezzie Goldish
  • cmm13

    Imagine the head explosion when ESPN gets to report on itself being in the running for new Cavs GM …………..wait for it…………… if LeBron opts out.

  • cmm13

    Still not enough.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I don’t know, I thought that it might still be giving up too much, especially with Wiggins…

  • cmm13

    I’d do it if we can keep Wiggins for sure.

  • RGB

    ESPN’s “sources” discovered! lol

  • mgbode

    Gilbert’s Revenge!

  • Harv 21

    Me whining about losing Wiggins for Love is like some nasty, smelly old waitress in a greasy spoon becoming the surprise beneficiary of the anonymous foul-smelling old bazzilionaire regular she used to insult but when she finds out she gets either the massive estate or the hedge fund she starts whining because she can’t have both, people like her always get screwed, goddamn Obama.

    This is insane. I am insane. Three months ago the Cavs closed out another desultory season of aimless dreck with Alonzo Gee playing 30 minutes. Weeks later, all that’s dropped from the sky on our heads, without any competence on the FO’s part, is a choice of a legit overall #1 pick or a perennial all-star entering his prime, the best player of his generation in his prime, and quality pieces parts that are looking for a ring (or maybe they just like our weather, they’re not fessing up). Whatever undeserved sports gifts drop on my cabeza, there could have been more, there could have been everything, if some idiot in the front office didn’t screw it up.

    Obama. Pffft.

  • Anomander

    Regardless, I want to have my cake and eat it too

  • Balrog

    Brendan Haywood for Kevin Love straight up! Make it happen David Griffin!

  • saggy

    hahahaha!! very funny!

    Ze plane, Boss!!

  • markn95

    Of course you do. What’s the point of having cake if you can’t eat it? :)

  • Richard Daugherty

    We threw a big party when Lebron came home to see him sign a “2” year contract and have went out of our way to make him comfortable w/ certain signings and now we’re going all in for Kevin Love, instead of building up a good, Spur-like roster. If Chicago gets Love after all this – Cleveland will immediately go into panic mode!

  • bossman09

    Don’t forget that Miami beat the spurs 2 years ago. The difference between Miami winning and losing to San Antonio was not all that much. It’s not like the Spurs model has dominated the NBA for years and everyone else is a distant second. If Wade was 2-3 years younger and Miami didn’t cut it’s payroll after 2 rings, Miami may have got a 3rd ring. Also, we have to accept that while LeBron is the best playing in the NBA, he doesn’t exactly have 5-7 years to get a championship here. He probably has 3 seasons before he starts to look like wade looked last month.

  • mgbode

    It’s not like the Spurs model has dominated the NBA for years

    naw, only the most consistently excellent team for 15 years running with 5 rings and 6 Finals appearances, which only the Lakers can match (but the Lakers have had 2 significant down periods too).

    if Ray Allen misses that corner 3pter, then we are talking about the repeat champion Spurs.

    oh, and LeBron doesn’t rely on his driving ability nearly as much as Wade. I would suspect he matures much more gracefully than Dwayne. He won’t dominate the scoreboard, but he can play the Kings Chris Webber role as he gets older.