Sources: Cavs Willing To Trade Wiggins For Love
The availability of Wiggins could lead to a blockbuster trade that could shift the balance of power in the Eastern Conference and the league as a whole.
The two clubs have been engaged in trade discussions since LeBron James announced that he would return to Cleveland last Friday. But the Cavaliers’ refusal to include the 19-year-old Wiggins in any trade stalled talks, as sources said the Timberwolves were unwilling to send Love to Cleveland without receiving the former star Kansas guard in return.
According to Yahoo! Sports, James has reached out to Love since the Cavs’ change in thinking.
The Cavaliers are in discussions with Wiggins’ representatives about signing the rookie. If Cleveland does sign Wiggins, it would have to wait 30 days before trading him.
The Cavaliers and new coach David Blatt have stated privately and publicly that they would not deal Wiggins.
The Timberwolves are also talking with Golden State about a Love trade. The Warriors have offered All-Star David Lee and Harrison Barnes, but their unwillingness to include Klay Thompsonhas led to a stalemate, sources said.
Love, a three-time All-Star, has told the Timberwolves he will not re-sign with them upon becoming a free agent after next season. That has prompted Minnesota to field trade offers for him.
Sources said Love would sign a long-term contract with Cleveland to play alongside James.
News of the Cavs’ change in stance regarding Wiggins in trade talks for Love was first reported by the Lake County News-Herald in Ohio.