Jun 27, 2014; Independence, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers first round pick Andrew Wiggins (21) is introduced by head coach David Blatt (left) and general manager David Griffin at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Glen Taylor: Love will "most likely" be traded by end of August

Wolves’ owner Glen Taylor, who has long been on the record as being adamently against the idea of trading Kevin Love, admitted to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that a Love trade was “most likely” to happen by the end of August.

Yes, Taylor has apparently come off of his stubborn stance that a trade isn’t necessarily going to occur. He’s still acknowledging that his preference is to hang onto the superstar power forward, but that’s also common sense. You simply do not trade a top-six player unless you’re hand is forced.

Now that the owner has come to terms with what the ultimate move will be, it’s clearly a matter of the Cavaliers and the Wolves hashing out the details, including whether or not there will be a third team, and if so, what pieces that trade partner will be chipping in.

Further speculation was fueled by NBA.com’s pulling of Andrew Wiggins rookie jerseys. While it’s tough to see why the part-time staff member or intern that is likely in charge of catalouging the online inventory would have any inside information on the possibility of a Love-Wiggins trade, it’s impossible to ignore.

Many other rookies have jerseys available through the NBA.com online store, and there should be no reason why the league would pull jerseys for one of the most-hyped number-one overall picks in recent memory. And not only that, it mysteriously is listed as “discontinued”, instead of “sold out”, or any number of other classifications.

Alas, we’re still slogging through the early stages of the Wiggins moratorium; a trade won’t be officially completed for another three weeks. But expect speculation to continue to trickle through the channels of the story-hungry media.

We’re still merely beginning to see the hype ramping up. It’s going to be an unusually (fake) newsy month of August in the NBA.

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