The Kevin Love trade rumors will continue a bit longer, it seems, after reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers are not going to put recent No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins on the trading block.
The Cavs have reportedly been working with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a trade that would allow Kevin Love to join LeBron James in Cleveland, but the teams have had a difficult time finding common ground. The Wolves reportedly want Wiggins included in the deal, while the Cavs have decided they want to hold on to the young talent.
Andrew Wiggins will play in summer league tonight for Cavs. They have no plans to include him in trade talks for Kevin Love, sources said.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 11, 2014
The Timberwolves have had trouble in other trade negotiations for Kevin Love. Before the NBA draft, they had been talking with the Golden State Warriors on a possible deal, but the Wolves reportedly insisted that sharpshooter Klay Thompson be included. The Warriors refused to put him on the table, and in the end the deal fizzled.
The trade troubles have led to speculation that the Timberwolves are asking too much in return for Kevin Love. Love is an All-NBA player and a scoring and rebounding machine, and Wolves are reportedly looking for a lot of young talent in return that will help them rebuild.
But it seems that teams are on to the Wolves strategy, and believe they can wait it out until Love’s asking price drops. Sources say the Cleveland Cavaliers believe they can pull off the Kevin Love trade without giving up Wiggins, though it may take waiting a bit longer or even into the 2014-15 NBA season.
But until the Timberwolves either find a team willing to give up a bevvy of young talent or they just decide to drop the asking price, the Kevin Love trade rumors won’t amount to much.