Other than a brief flirtation with the Chicago Bulls within the last couple of weeks, the national media has honed in on the Cleveland Cavaliers as the most likely potential destination for Kevin Love.
Now, it appears as though they may be the only remaining suitor that Flip Saunders is seriously considering sending his superstar.
Earlier in the day on Wednesday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst (of LeBron James‘ “The Decision” fame) appeared on ESPN Radio in Las Vegas to say that Love-to-Cleveland was “it’s 99% and the ball is in the 1 yard line”. We’re getting there, finally. Of course, we’re still well within the first half of the waiting period before the teams are allowed to announce anything, or even let anything leak for that matter.
While we aren’t entirely positive whether a deal is “in place” or not, it seems as thought the possibility of a third team is one of the major hurdles remaining, if not the lone remaining hurdle. The Cavs would surely like to shed some salary that the Wolves won’t be able to take back, and Saunders is reportedly searching for starting-caliber talent to slot in at the power forward spot to replace Love.
The Sixers and Thaddeus Young are the most-often cited team and player that could ultimately be involved, but there’s no question that multiple organizations will be circling like vultures. They smell the opportunity to bring back assets (draft picks) by essentially “renting” their cap space to Cleveland and Minnesota as pieces are cast off in order to make the centerpieces (Love and Andrew Wiggins) fit with their new clubs.
Expect a trickle of news over the next couple of weeks before things really heat up towards the third week in August. By then, we’ll likely know exactly which pieces are involved in the deal, and we can begin evaluating the new-look Wolves.