Posted June 25, 2013

Report: Wolves reject trade offer from Cavs for Kevin Love

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The Timberworlves rejected an offer from the Cavs for Kevin Love. (Fernando Medina/Getty Images)

The Timberworlves rejected an offer from the Cavs for Kevin Love. (Fernando Medina/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers own the No. 1 pick in this Thursday’s NBA Draft and are reportedly trying to decide between Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel and Maryland’s Alex Len.

But the team tried to use the No. 1 pick in the draft, along with two previous lottery picks of theirs, to attempt to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. The Wolves rejected the trade idea, reports ESPN.com.

Love can opt out of his contract with the team in 2015, but he spent most of the season injured after breaking his hand doing knuckle pushups. He only played in 18 games last season, averaging 18.3 points and 14 rebounds a game.

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More from ESPN.com:

But the Cavs are also exploring trading the top pick since they’re not in love with any one player who in a “normal” year wouldn’t be a top pick. According to a source, Cleveland offered the No. 1 pick, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waitersto try and land Minnesota’s Kevin Love. But new Timberwolves president Flip Saunders won’t move Love.

The Cavs are fond of Thompson and Waiters — the latter being one of the top six rookies last season — but Cleveland would love to get an All-Star forward to pair with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.


8 comments
6marK6
6marK6

I don't think anybody is looking to trade their way into this draft.

stugel
stugel

It's a bad trade.  Kahn knew nothing about basketball and now Flip Saunders is the GM.  Kahn and Love did not see eye to eye and if the Wolves keep improving, stop having horrible injury and draft luck, then Love should stay and the Wolves should continue to build around him.  I agree with Mark V.1 that even if Love demands a trade, they can do better than this offer.

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

I disagree with the sentiment of this comments section.  Unless you want to be perpetually "building" a mediocre team, you do not trade away a year-to-year MVP-candidate for a draft pick, a useless high-volume chucker, and a solid rotational PF.  It is not a given the Wolves stand to lose Love, and even if they do, they have plenty of time to get a better haul than this.

NutricheckerFriend
NutricheckerFriend

How in the world can you not make this trade ?  I mean Love will leave soon ,you have been offered 2 proven and rising players and a number 1 .?? I just cant believe the cav's offered all of that , NO WAY and if so , Flip what are you thinking ? Love is great but really he is going to leave , it's obvious he want's to play with Kyrie

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Gotta give the Cavs credit for trying.. Somehow I feel Minny will regret this down the line when they lose Love for nothing.

HunterBishop
HunterBishop

Jesus. I think that the Wolves should've made this trade. Love is going to leave in free agency; why not take two young rotation players and the top pick? 

I think I would've taken it. 

marino.eccher
marino.eccher

@Mark V.1 Bingo. First of all, you play out this season with Love, make a run at the playoffs and see where you stand. You have a whole season and summer before you need to move him to get top dollar.

Second, not is one star better than three decent players, in most cases, *zero* stars is better than three decent players. You want to be really good or really, really bad in this league. You don't want a roster that's loaded with third options and just good enough to lose in the first round year after year without climbing higher or bottoming out. At best, that's what the Wolves would end up with after this trade. If it comes to it, they can do better.