HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors

August 21, 2014 Updates

The Warriors not only dangled both him and Lee in talks with the Timberwolves, league and team sources say, but they apparently initiated the conversation. Various reports on the deal's likelihood of going down bubbled for several weeks, and while GM Bob Myers declined to address the subject directly, he certainly didn't discourage the notion that Thompson and Lee were available for the right price. Bleacher Report

Myers' attempt to be as honest as possible is appreciated, but it has come with a price. While attempts to reach Lee or his representatives were unsuccessful, a source close to Thompson said the shooting guard is "pissed" that the Warriors legitimately considered moving him. Bleacher Report

Eventually, they passed on everything because there wasn't a strong consensus in the organization that they'd definitively be better. And when it became clear that Love would be headed to Cleveland instead of a Western Conference rival, such as the Houston Rockets, it made the need to roll the dice even less enticing. Bleacher Report

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However, Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com has shown that the criticism is not justified because the Minnesota Timberwolves have failed to give Love even one teammate that has produced an All-Star caliber season. In other words, Love has just been incredibly unlucky. Haberstroh took a look at the 15 players named to the first, second, and third All-NBA teams for this past season and the total number of seasons produced by teammates that were worth at least 7.0 Win Shares. This is roughly the equivalent of the top 40 players. Love is the only player from the group never to play with a top-40 teammate. businessinsider.com

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Sources say the clincher from Cleveland's perspective, though, was James' firm belief that he will be able to convince Love to stay as a teammate going into the future, even without a contractual commitment after this year. That made the Cavs more comfortable parting with Wiggins, who is a potential All-Star and would've been under contract with the Cavs for at least the next five seasons under much more favorable terms. ESPN.com

The Cavs were granted permission last month by Minnesota to speak to Love and his representatives in an introductory fashion, sources say, while James and Love have also been in direct contact in recent weeks about their long-term intentions of playing together. ESPN.com

August 8, 2014 Updates

As for Love, he first hesitated to say much other than he hopes the reported trade will happen. He praised Love and the time they spent together on the U.S. Olympic team and said he welcomes the chance to play with Love in Cleveland. "If it happens, I'm very excited," James said of Love. "I don't really care about the 26 (points) and 12 (rebounds Love averaged last season). I care about the basketball IQ." FoxSports.com

Kevin Love will be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as soon as legally possible later this month. This will be the end of an era in Minnesota as Love has been with the franchise since he was taken with the 5th selection in the 2008 NBA Draft. Just like when any star player leaves a city, the fans are pis … What’s that? The people of Minnesota understand? Never mind. The Big Lead

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