Updated: July 17th, 2014 3:15pm
Report: Cavs now willing to include Wiggins in potential deal for Love

Report: Cavs now willing to include Wiggins in potential deal for Love

by Judd Zulgad
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It appears the Cleveland Cavaliers are no longer balking at including rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins in a potential trade with the Timberwolves for Kevin Love.

The Ohio-based News-Herald & Morning Journal reported that a source confirmed the Cavaliers are now willing to include the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft in a deal for the Wolves All-Star forward. The source also told the paper that James has made it clear he wants Love in Cleveland.

This is no surprise considering that a roster with James, Kyrie Irving and Love would be a clear favorite to advance out of the Eastern Conference and would be expected to contend for an NBA title.

Wiggins, who is 6-foot-8, 194 pounds, averaged 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in the Cavaliers' first three games in the Las Vegas Summer League.

The News-Herald & Morning Journal reported the latest offer to the Wolves could include Wiggins, power forward Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick. Center Brendan Haywood also might be part of the deal to make it work contractually. Bennett was the first-pick overall in the 2013 draft.

The Wolves also have been engaged in trade talks with the Golden State Warriors regarding Love. The catch there is that the Warriors have not been willing to deal shooting guard Klay Thompson and the Wolves see him as a key part of a potential trade.

The Wolves also have made it clear to the Cavaliers that if Wiggins isn't part of their offer then Love won't be going to Cleveland. Love is expected to opt-out of his contract next offseason if the Wolves don't deal him now. 

There is a chance he would have to be willing to sign an extension with the Cavaliers for Cleveland to complete a trade with the Wolves. 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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