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.
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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.