Two franchises have an “agreement in principle” according to latest report…
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly reached an agreement to trade Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers after weeks of speculation over the deal.
According to ESPN, the two organisations have reached an “agreement in principle” to trade Love in return for No.1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No.1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round draft pick.
However, the trade can’t be finalised until August 23 after Wiggins signed his rookie contract with the Cavs last month and is therefore ineligible for trade for 30 days.
Having recently appeared on ESPN SportsCenter during the NBA Rookie photo-shoot day, Wiggins appeared cautious over his future as ultimately he is aware of all the speculation surrounding his involvement in the trade.
The 19-year-old merely insisted that he wants to play for a team “that wants him” next season, and he will likely have that opportunity in Minnesota alongside fellow rookie Zach LaVine, Bennett and point guard Ricky Rubio.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers continue to strengthen this off-season after re-signing LeBron James as well as unveiling Mike Miller and James Jones to the media this week.
In addition, they have also signed point guard Kyrie Irving to a long-term deal and are reportedly attempting to sign Ray Allen in order to add further depth, experience and quality to their already impressive roster.
Love would undoubtedly be the final piece to the puzzle if he were to arrive in Cleveland, with James expected to play a more prominent role at small forward in order to allow his Team USA team-mate to play the bulk of the minutes at power forward.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Monday that the Cavs and Timberwolves had a “handshake agreement” for a Love trade, while Yahoo! Sports have suggested that Love has committed to opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign with Cleveland next summer in a five-year deal worth over $120m.