By the end of the month, Kevin Love is expected to be sporting a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform.
All indications up to now, from the media and leaked reports from teams in trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves, have pointed to the Timberwolves trading disgruntled power forward to the Cavaliers in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, another young piece and perhaps a few draft picks. They’re the clear favorites.
And after a recent report that stated the Wolves were only discussing potential trades with the Cavs now, it has almost become a “when” and not “if” circumstance.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor only clarified that thought.
“I’m saying it’s most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that’s what he wants to do,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor said.
Taylor still prefers for the Timberwolves to keep Love. The August date is when Andrew Wiggins can officially be traded.
“I think when you move somebody like Kevin, who’s been an all-star, that you’ve got to get a number of players on your team that have the potential of replacing him,” Taylor said. “Flip (Saunders, Wolves president) has looked at this team and offensively, he’s got a pretty good team. Defensively, it’s got to be better, so I think that’s where some of the areas will be replaced.”
Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season in Minnesota, leading them to a 40-42 record — their best mark under the Love tenure.