Kevin Love trade rumors now indicate just one team is left in the race. The Cleveland Cavaliers star in the Kevin Love trade rumors now, with all indications pointing to a deal coming with the Minnesota Timberwolves very soon. According to a report from ESPN on Thursday (July 31), "the Chicago Bulls have become increasingly pessimistic about their chances of trumping Cleveland's offer." It all means that Love could be teaming up with LeBron James again very soon.
Love and James helped Team USA win the gold medal in basketball recently, so both players are very clear on what the other one brings to the table. For fans of the Miami Heat that enjoyed how much Chris Bosh helped spread the floor for James, it would probably be even more enjoyable for how Love could do that for the Cavs. With Kyrie Irving as the point guard, though, it would clearly damage the value of all three players in the world of fantasy basketball.
The main reason that a deal between the Cavs and Wolves hasn't been completed is that Andrew Wiggins cannot be dealt just yet. He has to remain in Cleveland for at least 30 days after signing with his first team. It won't stop the No. 1 overall draft pick from going to a new team, it just forces there to be a slight delay in the action. This could temper the excitement of these latest Kevin Love trade rumors, even if it now just seems like a formality that the teams will get a deal done.
The oddsmakers already state that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to win an NBA title after acquiring LeBron James. Those odds would only get better if the team acquires an All-Star power forward. As for fantasy basketball statistics, Love won't match the numbers he had in the 2013-14 NBA season. His averages of 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game will take a hit, even if he does start finding more team success than he has ever had.