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Around the league: Love update, LeBron to opt out

Happy Tuesday, everyone. T-minus 48 hours and change until the 2014 NBA Draft.

Somewhat surprisingly, Kevin Love trade rumors have slowed considerably since the rash of Golden State “news” late last week and into the early part of the weekend. The Warriors are allegedly resisting to trade Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and a future first round pick, although it seems clear that this is simply a negotiating tactic, and Thompson will magically emerge as part of their offer at the eleventh hour, when the front office “caves”.

Here’s hoping that Flip Saunders and Co. manage to avoid falling for the ploy, although the offer is probably better than some of the other poo-poo platters that are rumored to be on the table from around the league.

The Chicago Bulls, long considered to be a legitimate player in the Love sweepstakes, have a sub-par offer on the table that includes Taj Gibson, Tony Snell, and the #16 and #19 draft picks on Thursday night. All things considered, it’s not an awful trade, and given how good (read: vastly underrated) Gibson is, they could do a lot worse. Of course, Snell isn’t anything special, and neither are those to mid-first round picks. If the Bulls add Jimmy Butler and/or the rights to Nikola Mirotic, however, Saunders should immediately pull the trigger on a deal.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting that LeBron James will indeed opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat, hoping to force Pat Riley‘s hand in improving the roster and supporting cast around the superstar. The move isn’t entirely unexpected, to be sure, but it’s still exciting and newsworthy when the best player on the planet becomes a free agent, even if it seems likely that he’ll ultimately end up right back in South Beach.

There will certainly be a slew of Love-centric trade rumors over the next couple of days, so be sure to check back as the hours tick by. Love trade or no, it will be an exciting week for Wolves fans.

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