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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

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

Yet while much was made of Kevin Love's decision to not take part in this week's Las Vegas training camp or in the FIBA Basketball World Cup that is to come, Colangelo said the Minnesota Timberwolves forward hasn't lost any equity when it comes to his relationship with the program. And considering how emotional Love was when he broke the news to Colangelo last week, he certainly isn't questioning how much he cares. USA Today Sports

Love has been the focal point of trade talks between Minnesota and several teams for months now – chief among them the Cleveland Cavaliers – and it appears he deemed his situation a distraction to him and the team that couldn't be overcome. "Team or teams, trade or no trade, he's in a position where he had to say no and I respect that," Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports. "I mean the guy almost cried on the phone when he told me he couldn't play. He was really down. So can I be upset with him? No, of course not." USA Today Sports

July 30, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves presently are engaged in serious Kevin Love trade talks with no teams other than the Cleveland Cavaliers, which only adds to the growing belief around the league that Love teaming up with LeBron James is inevitable, according to sources briefed on the situation. ESPN.com

After ESPN.com reported last week that the Cavaliers remain the front-runners to acquire Love in a trade co-headlined by No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, sources this week have described the Cavs as the only team currently in contention for Love. Sources say the Chicago Bulls are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of trumping Cleveland's offer, while the Golden State Warriors remain unwilling to bend on their longstanding refusal to surrender Klay Thompson in a deal for Love. ESPN.com

The Wolves also signed veteran guard Mo Williams this week, making fellow vet J.J. Barea -- who sources say Minnesota is determined to offload as part of a Love deal -- more available. It's believed the Wolves hope to convince Cleveland to take Barea as part of a Love trade or find a third team to absorb Barea's expiring contract. ESPN.com

Yet while much was made of Kevin Love's decision to not take part in this week's Las Vegas training camp or in the FIBA Basketball World Cup that is to come, Colangelo said the Minnesota Timberwolves forward hasn't lost any equity when it comes to his relationship with the program. And considering how emotional Love was when he broke the news to Colangelo last week, he certainly isn't questioning how much he cares. "Team or teams, trade or no trade, he's in a position where he had to say no and I respect that," Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports. "I mean the guy almost cried on the phone when he told me he couldn't play. He was really down. So can I be upset with him? No, of course not." USA Today Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed guard Mo Williams. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. "We are excited to bring Mo into the fold this season," said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. "His veteran leadership and excellent three-point shooting ability will be a valuable addition to our team." NBA.com

July 29, 2014 Updates

As for McDermott, he was well aware of the noise out there about Love, and also aware that his name is attached to it. “I didn’t really pay attention to it much,’’ McDermott said. “I think rumors happen a lot. There’s been a lot this offseason. So you’ve just got to stay patient. You can’t really read into that stuff. I’m just focused on what I can do to become better.’’ That’s also why he admitted to staying away from asking his new organization about it. “To be honest, I get asked about it. I don’t really ask anyone,’’ McDermott said. “I try to stay off Twitter and I think a lot of people ask me or text me through my friends. But I just ignore it. Whatever happens, happens.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

James, who can play any position at any time, may be an option in that role for the Cavaliers. But that style explains why Cleveland is eyeing the NBA's stretchiest four: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. Few players of Love's height in NBA history have relied on three-pointers as much as he did last season, when Love took 36% of his shots from behind the three-point line, up from 21% in 2011. It was a greater percentage than even that of James and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. "If I know David Blatt," said Maccabi center Shawn James, "he probably wants Kevin Love very bad." Wall Street Journal

Blatt abides by the Princeton offense's principles, he has said, though tweaked for the modern game. That means his system depends on proper floor spacing. To achieve that, his offenses lean on the "stretch four," or a power forward who plays on the perimeter, the position that has overtaken the NBA in recent years. Stretch fours are useful not only because they're added shooting threats. Their absence down low also opens up the lane and makes it easier for drivers, like James, to finish around the rim. "This is the different and unique style in Europe," said former Blatt assistant coach Guy Goodes, his Maccabi Tel Aviv successor. Wall Street Journal

July 28, 2014 Updates
 

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