Report: After 'Melo pursuit, Bulls have re-emerged in Love sweepstakes
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Every day, it seems, there's a new wrinkle to the Kevin Love trade sweepstakes. Tuesday morning the Associated Press reported that Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers, which would delay any potential trade of the No. 1 overall pick for at least 30 days.
Now, the Bulls are back in, according to ESPN.
In a report co-written by Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst, ESPN says that the Cavaliers are "increasingly confident" they'll get the deal done, but adds that the Bulls are "making a late push to try to get into the trade mix" for Love.
Here's what ESPN says the Wolves would seek in a deal with Chicago:
Although the full extent of the Bulls' offer wasn't immediately known, it is believed Minnesota would seek a package from Chicago featuring forward Taj Gibson and defensive ace Jimmy Butler in addition to other assets. The Bulls shelved their Love interest while trying to sign Carmelo Anthony away from the New York Knicks but, according to sources, have re-emerged as contenders.
The #Twolves like some of the Bulls' pieces? Surely. Gibson (great fit w/ Pek) & Doug M. Wiggins, if offered, still the priority.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) July 22, 2014
Any trade of Love to the Bulls would include Doug McDermott coming to MN ... and he just signed.— Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) July 22, 2014
The report says that the Cleveland trade package would center around Wiggins, Anthony Bennett (2013's No. 1 overall pick), and a future first round. To make the salaries work, the Cavs would need to include another player.
Unless Golden State relents and includes Klay Thompson, according to the report, the Warriors are not seen as a landing spot for the Wolves All-Star power forward.
All else being equaly, any package with Wiggins as the centerpiece has to be seen as the most desirable.
Bulls are most definitely back in it. Still think Wolves would prefer the staying power of CLE pkg over CHI.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 22, 2014
The 30-day element of potential love-wiggins deal is complicating everything. Long time for teams to think about things— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 22, 2014
Wolves thought they had a deal with GSW earlier this summer. Didn't work out. That's coloring wolves' caution here— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 22, 2014