Yesterday it was reported that the Chicago Bulls had re-joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in the pursuit of Kevin Love — made it a 2-team race — today, the Bulls reported offer has been leaked.
According to Chris Sheridan, yes the same guy who “broke” the LeBron James back to Cleveland Story, is reporting that the Bulls have offered Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott to Minnesota for Kevin Love. To me, the bigger piece of this report, though, is the fact that the Wolves reportedly like the Bulls offer more than the Cavs offer (without the draft picks aspect).
The Chicago Bulls have offered a package of Taj Gibson and rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star forward Kevin Love, a league source told SheridanHoops.com on Wednesday.
The package is extremely intriguing to the Timberwolves, but there is a catch; it cannot be completed for another 29 days because McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts Tuesday. NBA rules prohibit rookies from being traded within the first 30 days of inking their rookie deals.
The source who spoke to SheridanHoops said he believed the Bulls’ offer was better in the minds of the Wolves than the Cavs’ current offer of Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick.
But if Cleveland is willing to include a second future first-round pick – it owns the rights to Miami’s first-rounder as well as Memphis’ in 2015) – that might be enough to trump Chicago’s offer.
Sheridan also states that the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics also “remain in contention” for Love. However, with the Warriors continued unwillingness to trade Klay Thompson, a deal for Love seems like a longshot at this point.