HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors

August 4, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a deal that will send Kevin Love to Cleveland and land 2014 first overall pick Andrew Wiggins in Minnesota, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Windhorst said on air Monday that a ‘handshake’ deal is in place between the teams, but that the two can’t come out and say it publicly yet, as Wiggins can’t be traded until August 23rd. Philadelphia Inquirer

The Celtics would love to use Bogans’s contract in a trade that would perhaps net a draft pick and create salary-cap space and have been holding onto that option. It is uncertain if the Celtics would waive Bogans before the season or offer a camp invitation since he has been away from the team since February. Boston Globe

August 3, 2014 Updates

Top overall NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins told ESPN on Sunday that he just wants to play in a place where he's wanted when he was asked about the uncertainty over his future. Wiggins' name is at the center of trade talks that would send him to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a package that would net the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love in return. "I just want to play for a team that wants me. So whichever team wants me I'll play for," he told ESPN's "SportsCenter," from Tarrytown, New York, where he was taking part in a photo shoot for Panini trading cards. ESPN.com

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that a trade of Love is "likely" by Aug. 23 or Aug. 24. The first day Wiggins is eligible to be traded is Aug. 23. Wiggins said Sunday he isn't taking his name being mentioned in trade talks "personal." "At the end of the day you have to remember that the NBA is a business before anything. I'm a rookie. I really don't have too much say," he said. ESPN.com

In speaking to key members of Wiggins’ camp on Aug. 2, they adamantly maintain to CSNNW.com that the Cavaliers have not informed them a trade is forthcoming. This is even despite NBA’s online store recently discontinuing Wiggins’ jersey, Kevin Love withdrawing from World Cup play and Anthony Bennett being held out of pickup games. CSNNW.com

It doesn’t mean the trade isn’t a forgone conclusion come Aug. 23 when Wiggins is free to be moved, it merely reveals both teams have different approaches when it comes to putting out potential trades publicly. It could also mean, but not likely, a trade involving the Cavs isn’t as imminent as we’re led to believe. Though that belief is awfully diminutive and dismissed among league insiders. Cleveland has the most attractive and compelling package to offer Minnesota. It would be a shocking development if the two sides ended up not doing business together. CSNNW.com

Darren Wolfson: Same as Taylor on-the-record. Bet on a deal w/ Cavs. RT @leroyjj33 @DarrenWolfson Cleveland deal is done. What's your source(s) saying? Twitter @DarrenWolfson

Darren Wolfson: SAME AS ALWAYS: NO WIGGINS, NO LOVE. RT @moretinss @HEH4TEME @DarrenWolfson if Wiggins is not involved, why are they waiting? No reason. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

August 2, 2014 Updates

The Timberwolves say now that they expect to trade disgruntled all-star Kevin Love and that a deal is expected Aug. 23 or Aug. 24. "I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do," Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press. St. Paul Pioneer Press

August 1, 2014 Updates

There remains a possibility that Kevin Love will be included on Team USA’s 12-man roster for FIBA World Cup competition later this summer. Despite withdrawing “because of his current status” right before training camp opened in Las Vegas, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo acknowledged to CSNNW.com that a scenario does exists that could bring the power forward to Spain. CSNNW.com

“Technically it is possible,” Colangelo said to CSNNW.com following Day 4 of Team USA training camp. “But I have to weigh all of the considerations if I were to look at that. Is it fair to the guys who are here putting in the time and effort? How do the teams think about that after the fact? I don’t know. We’ll see how it plays out. CSNNW.com

July 31, 2014 Updates

It appears the framework of the Cavaliers-Timberwolves trade is done. However, there are still some moving parts in the possible deal. The Cavaliers would prefer to hang onto rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins. That much is true. However, the Timberwolves probably won’t make the trade unless Wiggins is included. Timberwolves president/coach Flip Saunders might get booed out of the state of Minnesota if he traded three-time All-Star Kevin Love to the Cavaliers and didn’t bring back Wiggins. Morning Journal

The first game of FIBA World Cup play is Aug. 30. Colangelo says he has to submit a final roster 24 hours ahead of time. If the Timberwolves and Cavaliers execute the much-anticipated trade before the roster submission deadline, Love would be able to play for his country. “Technically it is possible,” Colangelo said to CSNNW.com following Day 4 of Team USA training camp. “But I have to weigh all of the considerations if I were to look at that. Is it fair to the guys who are here putting in the time and effort? How do the teams think about that after the fact? I don’t know. We’ll see how it plays out. I know it’s an option. I know it’s possible that he could play, but we’ll see.” CSNNW.com

Two league sources told CBSSports.com this week that Taylor remains hesitant to trade Love, still stung by the aftermath of the trade that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston in 2007. The team has won more than 30 games only twice in the seven seasons since. "I don't think Glen Taylor wants to do the deal," one of the people familiar with the discussions said. CBSSports.com

The third team in the hunt for Love, the Cavaliers, are viewed as the favorite, but haven't engaged in talks with Minnesota for about two weeks, a league source said. That, of course, is partly because there hasn't been anything to talk about since No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins signed his rookie deal on July 24, starting the clock on a 30-day moratorium during which he can't be traded. CBSSports.com

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