Deal can’t be confirmed or announced until Wiggins is eligible for trade…
The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly reached an agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves for power forward Kevin Love.
It has been reported that other interested teams have grown pessimistic over their chances of landing the 25-year-old and have therefore removed themselves from the race to sign him with the Cavs the front-runners.
In addition, Love will sit out the FIBA Basketball World Cup while Minnesota line up a replacement, with reports suggesting that Philadelphia 76ers’ Thaddeus Young is their priority.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has even conceded that a trade deal is “very likely”, and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst has now reported that the terms of the deal have all-but been agreed upon, and it is now merely a waiting game until No.1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded.
“The deal is done but not done. The teams have agreed, but they can’t say they have agreed and they can’t agree, because we’re in this weird moratorium period because you can’t trade Andrew Wiggins until the 23rd of this month,” Windhorst said on ESPN Radio.
Having signed his rookie contract with the Cavaliers, Wiggins is unavailable for trade until August 24, and barring an unforeseen circumstances, it is now widely expected that the deal will go through to send Love to Cleveland where he will join the likes of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.
Wiggins will move in the opposite direction to Minnesota with Anthony Bennett expected to be involved in the deal with the 76ers for Young.
It is understood that future draft picks will also be involved in the deal, but ultimately, it is now a matter of waiting two more weeks before the Cavaliers can complete what looks to be a formidable roster ahead of next season as they look to rule the Eastern Conference prior to challenging in the NBA Finals.