Apparently, enough for the four-time MVP to court the 25-year-old All-Star, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
LeBron James has reached to tell Kevin Love of his desire for them to play together with the Cavaliers, front office sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 17, 2014
This news comes shortly after a report in which Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico wrote Cleveland is determined to keep the player Minnesota covets most, No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. The Cavs’ beat writer added that Wiggins’ name is at least aloud to mentioned in ongoing trade talks, but by no means are the two sides close to reaching a deal, because the Timberwolves are asking for Quicken Loans Arena, Dan Gilbert’s Casino, as well Lake Erie.
“Wiggins is one thing, but when the Timberwolves start talking Wiggins, Tristan Thompson and multiple first-round picks for Love … well, the discussion doesn’t get very far.”
The Love trade rumors heated up Thursday afternoon after a News-Journal report said James wanted to the Cavs to acquire Love’s services, which meant Wiggins–a player the coach David Blatt said it wouldn’t trade–was now in play.
Yahoo’s Marc Spears confirmed Amico’s report of the Cavs willingness to include Wiggins.
LeBron intrigued w/Andrew Wiggins' potential but has made clear to Cavs he wants to compete for title now. Going after Love fits message
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 17, 2014
If the team acquires Love, the franchise will face salary cap questions with James and Kyrie Irving signed to max-money contracts.
“So the Cavs will almost certainly face salary-cap ramifications if Love is acquired, as the deals of Irving, James and a player like Love would be a massive undertaking. In that scenario, the Cavs would own three maximum contracts and financial penalties would likely follow.”
While it’s been speculated Love, who can be a free agent after this season, will sign an extension if traded to Cleveland, the 6-10 forward has made no on-the record assurances.
If the Cavs acquire Kevin Love, will Andrew Wiggins be used in the deal?