Dec 29, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) against the Phoenix Suns at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Suns 111-107. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Cleveland Gets Steamy Over Love

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Was it a ridiculous offer?

Cleveland offered the No. 1 pick, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters to try and land Minnesota’s Kevin Love. But new Timberwolves president Flip Saunders won’t move Love.

Any other draft, that would bowl some folks over, but that line was preceded by this one:

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.

Not a “normal” number one pick — and the idea it could be Alex Len just leaves me speechless, thoughts of Michael Olowokandi dancing in my head — but the fact it is not a normal number one overall pick and Thompson and Waiters are at this point, respectively, a rebounding specialist and a former-Syracuse something-stain and current-chucker make the whole thing pretty silly.

I don’t care how many times Love broke his hand last year, he’s still twice the rebounder and floor spacer Thompson is and if Waiters is your shooting guard of the future, I have a Rashad McCants you should take a look at.

But then there’s this, too:

Elsewhere, a source said Oklahoma City was interested in packaging its two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 29) and Kendrick Perkins for a top-five pick. But the Thunder have had no takers either.

This makes me feel like Cleveland isn’t the only one just throwing their crap against the wall to see what sticks, and I mean just taking a shovel and heaving it at the movie screen — who would be interested in trading for Kendrick Perkins? For value, not for amnesty to cap space.

I mean, wow. That takes some gall. I guess there’s a sucker born every minute, but that is amazing. Sam Presti, good luck to you sir.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers Kendrick Perkins Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves Oklahoma City Thunder

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