Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that All-Star power forward Kevin Love likely will be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers by Aug. 24.
Aug. 23 is the first day Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded and he reportedly is a key piece in trade proposals involving Love.
Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the draft, was signed to a four-year deal on July 24. NBA rules stipulate that rookies must wait at least 30 days after they sign before they are eligible to be traded.
“I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do,” Taylor said.
The owner added that he prefers to keep Love in Minnesota.
ESPN.com reported Thursday that trading Love to the Cavaliers for Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick is widely considered a deal that will happen. It is also possible the Timberwolves and Cavaliers may add a third team, including the Philadelphia 76ers, into the trade.
In such a scenario, the Timberwolves would acquire Sixers power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the deal to replace Love.
“I think when you move somebody like Kevin, who's been an All-Star, that you've got to get a number of players on your team that have the potential of replacing him,” Taylor said. “Flip (Saunders, team president and coach) has looked at this team and offensively, he's got a pretty good team. Defensively, it's got to be better, so I think that's where some of the areas will be replaced.”
Within the 30-day trade moratorium involving Wiggins, the teams can work out a deal but it cannot be officially acknowledged.
Love can opt out of his contract at the end of next season. He has informed the Timberwolves he plans to become a free agent.
ESPN.com has reported that Love is intrigued with the idea of playing with superstar forward LeBron James, who signed a free-agent deal with the Cavaliers in July.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun