LAS VEGAS – The much-anticipated trade centered around Minnesota’s All-Star Kevin Love and Cleveland’s No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins appears to be only a matter of time.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press to expect Love traded by the end of the month. That means one side of the two major pieces has allegedly been assured relocation.
In speaking to key members of Wiggins’ camp on Aug. 2, they adamantly maintain to CSNNW.com that the Cavaliers have not informed them a trade is forthcoming. This is even despite NBA’s online store recently discontinuing Wiggins’ jersey, Kevin Love withdrawing from World Cup play and Anthony Bennett being held out of pickup games.
All signs point towards a transaction.
“As of now, Wiggins anticipates remaining a Cavalier,” one source close to the rookie said.
It doesn’t mean the trade isn’t a forgone conclusion come Aug. 23 when Wiggins is free to be moved, it merely reveals both teams have different approaches when it comes to putting out potential trades publicly.
It could also mean, but not likely, a trade involving the Cavs isn’t as imminent as we’re led to believe. Though that belief is awfully diminutive and dismissed among league insiders. Cleveland has the most attractive and compelling package to offer Minnesota. It would be a shocking development if the two sides ended up not doing business together.