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Kevin Love: Deal to Cleveland seems to be just a matter of time

D.J. Augustin #14 of the Chicago Bulls fouls Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center on January 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Timberwolves defeated the Bulls 95-86.
D.J. Augustin #14 of the Chicago Bulls fouls Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at the United Center on January 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Timberwolves defeated the Bulls 95-86.Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Kevin Love saga may end by the end of August. According to a report by the St. Paul Pioneer Press Saturday, the Minnesota Timberwolves say they expect to trade the All-Star forward by Aug. 23 or Aug 24. His landing spot is highly likely to be Cleveland as the Cavaliers are reportedly the top suitor for Love.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press that the team is abiding by Kevin Love’s wishes. He said, “I’m saying it’s most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that’s what he wants to do.” The Cavaliers appear to be the landing spot for love because Aug. 23 is the first day Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded and Wiggins is a player the Wolves would love to receive in return for Love.

The Cavaliers signed Wiggins to a four-year deal on July 24 and because of league rules, Cleveland has to wait 30 days before they are able to trade him. While Minnesota is still listening to offers from the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls, it appears obtaining Wiggins will be a key to the deal. Add that with the fact that LeBron James desperately wants Kevin Love in Cleveland and a trade seems to be imminent.

The trade would make the Cavaliers even more of a contender in the east and it would also give the Wolves a new look and fresh start. Taylor would love to keep Kevin Love, but knows the team has to get something in return while they can. That’s why the team has been holding out for just the right kind of deal.

“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, Wolves president) 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.”

Cleveland has reportedly offered the Wolves a package of Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick. Although Bennett struggled towards the beginning of his rookie season, he did show glimpses of why he was taken No. 1 overall by the Cavaliers. Wiggins provides both the scoring and defense Taylor referred to. That’s why many sources in the league believe the deal is more a “when” and not a “if” transaction ready to be made. The 25-year-old Kevin Love will more than likely be taking his talents to Cleveland right along with King James.