The Cleveland Cavaliers should presumably move fast to trade for Kevin Love. With the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors also desiring Love, the Cavaliers run the risk of the Minnesota Timberwolves going to them instead. Yet since the Cavaliers signed potential Love trade piece Andrew Wiggins on July 24, despite how it means he can't be traded for 30 days, they clearly have a lot of confidence.
Wiggins is the No. 1 draft pick, and the one player the Timberwolves seem ready to part with Love for. Nevertheless, a trade hasn't been completed, despite the Cavaliers reportedly being ready to deal. But on the off chance that the Timberwolves decide to move on and take the Bulls or Warriors' best offer in the next month, the Cavaliers will at least have Wiggins locked up to play with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
No matter who Wiggins plays for, he will do it under a four-year deal with a starting salary of $5.5 million. Naturally, playing with James and Irving in Cleveland would be better on paper than going to Minnesota, which has wasted Love for years and made him so desperate to leave in the first place. But for this one moment, the Timberwolves are the center of attention in the NBA.
Despite now being prohibited on trading Wiggins until Aug. 23, the Cavaliers are still reported to be the frontrunners in the Love sweepstakes, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst. The Bulls have gotten into the race in the last few days, yet the Timberwolves would likely want rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic in a deal -- both of which were signed on July 18. As such, Chicago could presumably complete a deal days before Cleveland would.
If the Timberwolves don't want to wait around that long, the Warriors can potentially sneak in. However, that would require them to give up Klay Thompson -- and if the Warriors were willing to do that, they could have landed Love weeks ago. But if Cleveland could relent in being willing to trade Wiggins, Golden State may need to yield on Thompson to have any chance.
The Warriors have less than 30 days to change their mind, as the Cavaliers and Bulls have otherwise assured this saga will drag on to the end of summer -- despite how the ending still looks predictable.