Nov 4, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) and Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13) at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 93-92. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chicago Bulls Up Ante In Race For Kevin Love

Chris Sheridan of is reporting the Chicago Bulls have offered Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and lottery pick Doug McDermott to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the services of Kevin Love.

Sheridan reports that the deal is intriguing to the Timberwolves:

“(The deal) cannot be completed for another 29 days after McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts Tuesday. NBA rules prohibit rookies from being traded within the first 30 days after they sign.”

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Incredibly, Sheridan cites a source who said he believed “the Bulls offer was better in the minds of the Wolves than the Cavs’ current offer of Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a No. 1 pick.”

This all may be a smokescreen from Minnesota president and coach Flip Saunders, to put the pressure on the Cavs to pull the trigger on Wiggins. Sheridan also reported last night that Wiggins is the player that the Timberwolves covet the most.

Mirotic and McDermott signed their contracts Tuesday, which means they can’t be formally traded for 29 days. Cavs’ first pick Andrew Wiggins hasn’t been signed yet, which means Cleveland could move his rights without waiting the mandatory 30-day period, according to Sheridan.

“That will give (the Cavs) time to present Minnesota with an offer that can be acted upon immediately, bringing the Love trade talks to a quicker conclusion and giving the Cavs a superstar trio of LeBron James, Love and Kyrie Irving.”


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