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Timberwolves weighing options with Kevin Love

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm •  Published: July 23, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody's guess.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by an NBA rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract.

Talks have picked up again this week, with the Cavaliers coming off of their long-held resistance to including No. 1 overall draft Andrew Wiggins in an offer and making a trade with Utah on Tuesday to help make an acquisition easier to pull off.

Just as the Cavs appeared to be closing in on grabbing Love to pair with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in a new-look "Big 3" in Cleveland, the Bulls appear to be making one last run to try to wrestle him away from their Eastern Conference competitors.

The Bulls reached out to the Timberwolves again Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions who requested anonymity because the teams were not publicly commenting on the process. But it remained unclear just how far they are willing to go to try to turn Minnesota's attention away from Cleveland.

The Timberwolves were big fans of Bulls rookie Doug McDermott in the pre-draft process, but he landed in Chicago on a draft-night deal with Denver. McDermott shined at the Las Vegas Summer League, showing a versatile and NBA-ready offensive game, and after missing out on Carmelo Anthony in free agency.

That would make it difficult for the Bulls, who need all the offensive help they can get, to part with him.

In coveting Wiggins and McDermott, the Wolves have the same obstacle with both teams. McDermott signed his contract on Tuesday and Wiggins was expected to sign his contract later this week. That means no potential deal involving either of those two players could be officially executed for 30 days after the signing.

That's a lifetime in the NBA.

Teams could agree in principle to trades before the period ends, but waiting around for the deadline to pass and for the ink to dry figures to be tense. Thirty days gives everyone involved in the deal a lot of time to think, and other teams to see the agreement and make renewed pushes for Love, one of the best power forwards in the game.

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