We have heard the rumors of Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for a couple weeks now. But the most definitive statement has come out today by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Windhorst told the Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show that the Kevin Love trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves is done but cannot be announced because of the 30-day restriction of Andrew Wiggins signing his contract. He said the teams have agreed to the deal, but they can’t say it publicly because of the 30-day restriction. Windhorst still remarked that anything can happen between now and the end of the 30-day wait, but there is a handshake agreement between Cleveland and Minnesota. The main framework of the deal is Kevin Love to the Cavaliers and Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves.
Windhorst also noted that he believes that Minnesota will also receive Thaddeus Young from the Philadelphia 76ers either in a three team trade or in a separate deal. He said that Anthony Bennett could be sent to the 76ers in this deal and that multiple picks will be involved. The trade might still include other pieces, but the main framework of Love for Wiggins seems pretty set. This is the strongest report so far on the status of the Kevin Love trade to the Cavs. It adds to the interview from Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor that Love will likely be traded on August 23rd or 24th. We still have a couple more weeks of waiting because of the 30-day restriction, but signs are pointing toward Cleveland receiving Love in a trade for Wiggins.
Here is the link to the Windhorst interview: Listen (He starts talking about the trade around the 9:30 mark)
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