Report: James wants Love, Cavs willing to part with Wiggins to get him


The chasm between Kevin Love and the Timberwolves appears to be considerable at this point.

Love has publicly discussed the possibility of playing elsewhere, and Wolves president and coach Flip Saunders has shopped the forward on several occasions. 

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Those talks stalled when the Warriors were not willing to deal Klay Thompson to Minnesota and hit another snag when the Cavaliers bulked at the idea of moving rookie Andrew Wiggins. That could be changing, however, as Bob Finnan of The New-Herald reported that Cleveland is now willing to trade Wiggins in a deal for Love. 

Prior to the return of LeBron James, the Cavaliers viewed the No. 1 pick as the piece necessary to find a transcendant player and build toward the future. That climate has shifted, though, according to the report. With James and Kyrie Irving in the fold, Cleveland is looking to win now, an approach that has led to intensified talks with Minnesota. 

The impetus for this shift could be James' desire to have Love on the roster, according to the report.

Wiggins was considered the next James before he played a season of college basketball at Kansas. In that season, Wiggins proved to be a talented but raw player. It is clear that he has the potential to be go, but that will come further down the line, well beyond the life of James' two-year contract. 

The thinking is that Love, an NBA All-Star, could help the Cavaliers' cause right now. If Love is added to a roster with James and Love, they would likely become the favorite in a wide open Eastern Conference. 


While the incentive is definitely there, we have heard talks about Love to Cleveland before and we have heard Cavaliers GM David Griffin say that Wiggins would not be move. Only action will show us if that tone has changed. 

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