Oct 24, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) makes a dunk on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) during the third quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons beat the Timberwolves 99-98. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers Working On 3-Team-Trade For Kevin Love

Momentum continues to mount for the Cleveland Cavaliers one day after LeBron James announced he was returning to the city where he started his NBA career 10 seasons ago.

According to WEWS-TV Cleveland reporter Mike Cairns, the Warriors would obtain multiple first-round picks, the Timberwolves would get Klay Thompson and Tristan Thompson, and the Cavs would get Kevin Love.

Cairns added that Minnesota’s Flip Saunders is holding up the deal, and that are a lot of moving parts still “in play.”

Rumors of Love being dealt for Love ran rampant leading up to last month’s NBA Draft, but nothing came to fruition because the Warriors were hesitant to part with their star.

The Cavs reportedly opened up talks for Love by offering Anthony Bennett, Dion Waiters, and a future first-round pick. Getting love for a first-round pick or two, as well as Thompson, would be a downright steal, because the franchise would be able to keep No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, who dazzled in his first summer-league contest Friday night.

On Saturday, James signed a two-year deal with the Cavs, which would lead one to wonder how “intrigued” Love is in signing a long-term contract with the Cavaliers. Reports state James is committed long term, but there will always be talk of another departure if he doesn’t commit on paper to playing five years in Cleveland.

The potential deal still leaves a lot of questions, as to why would the Warriors want to help the Cavs since Golden State was in the running to acquire Love, as @Probballdraft shared on Twitter.

@Probball draft also reported that Wolves want players who can win now, or Wiggins.

–Updated 7:45 am–

Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico reported that if Thompson is dealt, Love will be shipped to the Warriors, which is opposite of what Cairns said. This makes sense, as the Warriors probably aren’t too interested in helping the Cavs.


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  • Mercy2000

    James is staying around for a long time. The 2 year deal is about James being able to sign a new max deal when the salary cap hits 80mil. in 2 years. He’s committed to finishing his career in Cleveland.

    • Da_Neutral_Observer

      If the Cavs get Kevin Love, all this talk about Chicago will go away. On the other hand, the Bulls are chasing Dwyane Wade. It’s not over yet.

      • Mercy2000

        I have to wonder if the Bulls would have the cap space for Wade since they just landed Pau Gasol. It would be a good move for Wade, but can the Bulls afford him?

    • Andrew Rivas

      That’s true! James has a track record of being loyal…

      • Mercy2000

        I can’t argue with your point, but I will say he does have a track record of being honest. Unless you can prove otherwise…

  • Chris McLafferty

    No way this is true. The Warriors are in win now. Not giving up the chance for Love for a few late round picks. Craziest rumor I’ve heard. Cavs give up Tristan Thompson and a few 1st for Love. Please.

    • Brian Mckinney

      How many years are left in Klay’s contract? If they trade him for Love they will lose Love next year to FA. Now they lose both so the Cavs know this and are playing smart.

      • Matt Harris

        Deal doesn’t happen if the players involved don’t agree to contracts with the new clubs. And there is no way Dubs give up Thompson without getting Love. No way.