While the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls have entered the Kevin Love sweepstakes, the Cavaliers still look to be the front runner to acquire the three-time All-Star.
Cleveland has the asset Minnesota President Flip Saunders covets the most: Andrew Wiggins.
Here’s what Sheridan Hoops said about the Wolves desire for Wiggins:
“…Minnesota getting a return in Wiggins — places Cleveland ahead of the pack. It’s no easy task for a GM to part with his best player and the face of the franchise, especially from a PR standpoint, but if Saunders is able to bring back a haul of four number one picks from Cleveland (including Wiggins and Anthony Bennett), that has to look like a win compared to any package the Warriors or Bulls can offer.”extent of the Bulls’ offer wasn’t immediately known, it is believed Minnesota would seek a package from Chicago featuring forward Taj Gibson and defensive ace Jimmy Butler in addition to other assets.
The pressure got turned up on Saunders a little with Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that Love has demanded a trade before the start of the season and is threatening to opt-out of his contract and sign elsewhere if his wish is not granted.
The waiting game continues…