Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor expects the team will trade Kevin Love. He can even tell you when.
"I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do," Taylor said of the likely deal to the Pioneer Press during a recent interview.
The trade involving the All-Star forward is expected to take place on August 23 or 24. Yes, that's very specific.
The long-rumored deal has Love heading to join LeBron James in Cleveland for a package headlined by No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. After signing his rookie contract, Wiggins is not officially eligible for a trade until August 23.
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The article adds that while the Cavaliers remain the leading candidate, "the Wolves continue to listen to offers from Chicago and Golden State, with Philadelphia expected to be part of a three-team deal."
"I think when you move somebody like Kevin, who's been an all-star, that you've got to get a number of players on your team that have the potential of replacing him," Taylor said. "Flip (Saunders, Wolves president) has looked at this team and offensively, he's got a pretty good team. Defensively, it's got to be better, so I think that's where some of the areas will be replaced."
The deal with Cleveland seem seems like a formality; the NBA's online store actually discontinued sale of its Wiggins' Cavaliers jersey. The thing is, those involved must carry on as if they're in the dark.
The sad thing is, Wiggins might be. CSNNW reported that members of Wiggins' camp state their side has not been told that the incoming rookie will be dealt. He also has to endure horribly awkward interview questions about whether Cleveland actually wants him or not.