Cavs unable to trade Wiggins for 30 days after he signed rookie deal…
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has conceded that it is “most likely” that Kevin Love will leave the franchise later this month for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It appears as though a trade deal is inevitable for the power forward, but he will be forced to wait until August 24 after No.1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins signed a rookie contract last month which means he is ineligible for trade for 30 days.
However, as revealed by Taylor, Love has made his intentions clear in that he doesn’t see his future in Minnesota and as a result the trade is likely to go ahead.
“I’m saying it’s most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that’s what he wants to do,” Taylor told the Pioneer Press.
It is understood that Cleveland will send Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick to Minnesota in return for the 25-year-old, and despite Taylor’s preference to see Love stay with the Western Conference outfit, it appears to be only a matter of time before he moves on.
As expected, the intrigue of the move has increased since LeBron James’ decision to leave the Miami Heat and return to Cleveland, and so Love will be keen to join a formidable team despite the fact that both he and James could choose to test the free agency market as soon as next summer.
The interest from the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls appears to be diminishing with the Cavs the clear favourites to secure Love’s signature, particularly given the appeal of the offer that they are able to make.
Minnesota will likely target Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young as a potential replacement for Love as they assemble a young roster with a significant amount of potential in the years to come.