While the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the frontrunners in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, it appears that the Chicago Bulls are making a big push for the highly coveted star. According to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves are considering a “significant offer” for Love.
The proposed offer would send a package featuring Taj Gibson and rookie Doug McDermott as well as other players. This could be a strategic move by the Timberwolves to see how much more they can get from the Cavaliers or the Golden State Warriors. The Timberwolves have already reportedly informed the Bulls that the Cavaliers had the best offer on the table, which enabled the Bulls to up their proposal.
The Bulls will have to offer something that trumps the Cavaliers offer that would include this year’s No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins. The fact that the offer is being “heavily considered” by the Timberwolves could mean a third team may be involved. The Bulls re-entered the Love sweepstakes when they lost out on Carmelo Anthony.
Bulls general manager Gar Forman discussed the possibility of obtaining Kevin Love in an interview on 87.7 FM in Chicago on Wednesday. He said, “Anytime there’s something that is available that we feel could improve our team, we’ve got to take a look at it. That’s our job. But we like where we’re at with the additions that we made.”
If Chicago does pull off a Love deal, they will have a nucleus of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and the recently signed Pau Gasol. But the Cavaliers won’t back down. The team has made some minor moves to create some cap space and is on the verge of signing Wiggins. Cleveland is currently offering Wiggins, last year’s No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick. Unless another team jumps to the forefront with a better package, it appears to be a battle between Cleveland and Chicago for Love.