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The two clubs have been engaged in trade discussions since LeBron James announced that he would return to Cleveland last Friday. But the Cavaliers' refusal to include the 19-year-old Wiggins in any trade stalled talks, as sources said the Timberwolves were unwilling to send Love to Cleveland without receiving the former star Kansas guard in return. ESPN.com

Tim Kawakami: Checked with an NBA source who says there's no indication the Warriors will up their bid for Kevin Love if Cleveland makes a bigger push. Translation: Even if CLE is willing to put Wiggins into a KLove bid, the Warriors still aren't willing to do the same with Klay Thompson. Twitter @timkawakami

Tim Kawakami: I've heard that GSW front office has been grinding on this one. It's not a 100% clean call. But as of now, they've decided to keep Klay T. Twitter @timkawakami

A league source said on July 17 that the Cavs are now willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. Wiggins, a 6-foot-8, 194-pounder, has played well at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he’s become a crowd favorite. The former Kansas star has averaged 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in the Cavs’ first three games. However, he’s shooting just 37.8 percent from the field. News-Herald

Jeff Zillgitt: Indeed, Cavaliers have put Andrew Wiggins on table in their effort to acquire Kevin Love from Timberwolves who been firm in trade demands. Now waiting to see if enough is being dangled, beyond Wiggins, to entice Timberwolves to trade Love to Cavaliers. Twitter @JeffZillgitt

Summer League can be a great measuring stick. A year ago Gorgui Dieng looked a little confused by the speed and style of the NBA/Summer League game. He was thinking and not just playing, and with that he looked like a lost rookie. A year later he is owning it — Dieng had 13 points and 19 rebounds in Minnesota’s win over the Suns Wednesday. “I feel more comfortable but I’ll let you guys judge,” Dieng said after the game. It doesn’t take much of a judge to see the leap he has made. NBCSports.com

“I’ve been working a lot on that this summer.,” Dieng said. I’m always looking out for something to improve my game and I think something like that added to my game will really help me.” He’s just fun to watch play. “He’s going to be a work in progress but every day he gets better,” said David Adelman, who coached the Timberwolves at Summer League. “We’re trying to teach him a lot of little nuances, just playing off the ball, scoring on the block, things like that…. “The main thing with him is keeping his ear on things and letting him know he’s got to run front rim to front rim every time down the court. He’s got to be the first big down the court, with his athleticism and how he moves his feet, that should be the thing. And just playing off the ball, like if a big guy like (Kyrylo) Fesenko has the ball on the block he should be up at the free throw line where he can see him. Just kind of playing in a tandem.” NBCSports.com

It was not known if Taylor was bluffing amid reports that some of the trade offers aren't as rich as previously envisioned. "My preference is that Kevin will come to (training) camp -- and I'm sure he will -- and play with the team," Taylor said. Love, who can opt out of his contract next July, repeatedly has said all he wants to do is win. "I say back to Kevin, 'Well, that's all I want, too,' " Taylor said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

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