Report: Cavs need help to pull off Love trade

Report: Cavs need help to pull off Love trade
July 22, 2014, 3:45 pm
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The Cavaliers still want to pair Kevin Love with LeBron James. They just hasn't been able to pull off a trade yet. That's where the other NBA teams come in.

According to multiple reports, Cleveland's issue no longer involves parting with Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft. The Cavs need additional contracts to send the Timberwolves in order for the trade math to work. From Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowksi:

Cleveland's discussions with Minnesota have escalated with the Cavaliers' willingness to include No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins in the deal, sources said. Without Wiggins, there's no other combination of Cleveland players and picks that would interest Minnesota. Once Wiggins signs his rookie contract, a trade involving him can't be formally completed for 30 days.

The Cavaliers are working to obtain non-guaranteed contracts that could be a part of a package for Love, allowing the Cavaliers to deliver players that could be released immediately upon completion of a deal, sources said. This would give Minnesota salary-cap relief as part of a trade. ...

Minnesota wants a package for Love to include guard J.J. Barea, who has $4.5 million left on his expiring deal – and possibly guard Kevin Martin, who has three years and $21 million left. As part of a larger deal, the Cavaliers want to include 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future No. 1 pick for Love.

Finding enough assets to acquire Love is one issue for Cleveland. Another one involves other teams still making a push for Love. After missing out on Carmelo Anthony, the Chicago Bulls reportedly remain interested in acquiring Minnesota's All-Star forward. A package featuring Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler doesn't equal the upside of Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in 2013, but the Timberwolves need a fallback plan.

Love is expected to opt-out of his contract in July 2015 and would then leave Minnesota as a free agent.

One more nugget from Wojnarowski: The Cavaliers have been offering future first-round picks for an experienced center, league sources said.

The Wizards are not part of the Cavs-Wolves rumors, though perhaps they could be, especially if Minnesota coach and general manager Flip Saunders is interested in acquiring one of his former players.

** UPDATE: The Cavaliers pulled of a minor trade Tuesday evening with the Utah Jazz, but one that could have a major impact on their ability to acquire Love.

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