The wheels are finally starting to turn for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their pursuit of three-time All-Star Kevin Love.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Cavs traded 2013 second-round pick Carrick Felix to the Utah Jazz for three non-guaranteed contracts, Tuesday. Cleveland received John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy in return.
This gives the Cavs flexibility to obtain Love, or another player if so desired.
NBA trades are often more difficult to figure out than algebra, as teams have to be creative when moving players, because they’re not just moving names, they’re moving money.
The Cavs can’t trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love straight up, because Love is set to make $15.7 million in 2014-2015, while Wiggins will make around $5.5 million in his rookie season.
Buzz around a potential trade lit up Cavs Twitter with news the Timberwolves would love to rid themselves of Kevin Martin and J.J. Barea, according to Wojnarowski. Now that the Cavs have some contracts to dump, those players could soon be on their way to Cleveland.
As sports talk radio fuels itself debating whether or not to keep Andrew Wiggins, Wojnarowski reported that the the Wolves are only interested in a combination of players that includes this year’s No. 1 overall pick. He added the Cavs are willing to part with the Kansas product.
But that contradicts what Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico reported Monday night, when he wrote, “Anyone who says the Cavs are willing to include No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins in a trade is incorrect.”
About 17 hours later, Amico tweeted Wiggins was the topic of discussion between the two teams, but whether or not the Cavs are interested in moving their top pick is still unclear.
Cavs have talked a lot with TWolves over past 36 hours, sources say. Not surprisingly, Andrew Wiggins said to be at center of discussion.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 22, 2014
The Bulls and Nuggets also got back into the Love sweepstakes, but that’s just driven by Minnesota to drive up the bidding, according to Chris Sheridan, of SheridanHoops.com.
Seems the Wolves are leaking Bulls, Nuggets interest. Trying to drive up bids. #Cavs threat to sign Wiggins on Wed. is deal pusher, too.
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) July 22, 2014
It’s intriguing that Sheridan also points out that the Timberwolves want to expedite a deal with news that Wiggins will soon sign his contract. Wiggins can’t be formally traded for 30 days after signing.
In dealing Fexlix, the Cavs also shipped a second-round pick and $1 million to the Jazz.