Wolves and Cavs reportedly have a handshake agreement for Love-Wiggins
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Provided both teams honor a "handshake agreement," the Timberwolves will send Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, according to a report.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst said in a radio interview on the Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco show (ESPN New York) that the two teams have agreed on a trade, but they can't pull the trigger because of an NBA rule. The league prohibits trades within 30 days of a rookie signing his contract.
Windhorst gave himself plenty of outs, but said that a Love-for-Wiggins swap is done, and that the Wolves could also end up with Thad Young from the 76ers in the process or in a separate trade.
"Oh, it's got traction," Windhorst said of a Wolves-Cavs trade. "The deal is done but not done. The teams have agreed but they can't say they've agreed and they can't agree because we're in this weird moratorium period. Because you can't trade Andrew Wiggins until the 23rd of this month."
"Before now and then could something happen? Could some team come in with a trade that maybe Minnesota see? Yes, it could happen, so therefore it is not done. But essentially, before the papers have been signed there is a handshake agreement that [would send] Kevin Love to the Cavs, Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves, and I believe Thaddeus Young will end up in Minnesota either as part of the deal or a separate deal."
He also said that Anthony Bennett, last year's first overall pick, could end up in Philadelphia and that draft picks will be involved.
That's providing plenty of outs, but that's a framework that would make sense.
Landing Wiggins would be a great get for Minnesota. The way it's playing out, though, is a very weird process.