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Bill Self: Cavs' Trade Will Really Motivate Andrew Wiggins

Bill Self believes the pending move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves will be best for Andrew Wiggins.

“I know Andrew,” Self said, “and this is the type of thing that really motivates him, the fact that someone else -- even though it’s a business -- didn’t want him as badly as they should have.’’

“That’s the way he sees it. He’s happy. Don’t anybody feel sorry for him. I’m not saying he hasn’t been in limbo and that it hasn’t, at times, been frustrating. But he told me, ‘Coach, I’m good with this.’ He told me that two weeks ago.’’

Self coached Wiggins for his lone season at Kansas.

The Timberwolves will allow Wiggins to be the main cog instead of a role player on the contending Cavaliers.

“I would love to be at that first game they play against Cleveland,” Kansas assistant Kurtis Townsend said. “He’s going to put on a show.’’

Via Kent Youngblood/Minnesota Star Tribune

Cavs Granted Permission To Speak To Love, No Deal In Place For New Contract

The Cleveland Cavaliers were granted permission by the Minnesota Timberwolves to speak directly to Kevin Love last month in an introductory fashion, according to sources.

LeBron James has also been in contact with Love for several weeks about their long-term intentions of playing together.

The Cavaliers and Wolves have agreed upon a trade that will become official in late August when Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded.

Sources insist no agreement for Love to sign a new contract with the Cavaliers next summer is in place. An agreement would be illegal under CBA rules, so the NBA could block the trade while also handing down punishment to both the Cavaliers and Wolves.

Sources confirmed to ESPN.com that the Cavs and Love can make no such arrangements about the future, even verbally, without violating salary cap circumvention rules in the league's collective bargaining agreement.

Love has let it be known that he would like to play alongside James for as long as the latter is on the Cavaliers.

Love has an option in his current Wolves contract for the 2016-17 season for $16.7 million that he could permissibly pick up as part of the trade. But sources say Love has been adamant about becoming a free agent in July 2015.

Via Brian Windhorst, Marc Stein/ESPN

76ers To Acquire Anthony Bennett; Thad Young To Wolves As Part Of Love Trade

The Philadelphia 76ers will be included in the final version of the Kevin Love trade, acquiring Anthony Bennett from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will acquire Thaddeus Young instead of Bennett, along with Andrew Wiggins and a first round pick.

The 76ers will now have Bennett, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams as lottery picks from the 2013 NBA Draft.

Via Mark Perner/Philadelphia Daily News

Cavs, Wolves Agree Upon Kevin Love Trade

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have reached agreement on a Kevin Love trade.

The Wolves will receive Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first round pick from the Cavaliers, according to sources.

The Cavaliers are making the deal with a firm agreement with Love that he will opt out of his contract in 2015 and re-sign on a five-year, $120 million-plus contract next summer.

The deal cannot become official until Aug. 23 when Wiggins can become eligible for a trade.

The Cavaliers were motivated to make the trade for Love in part because of a fear he would end up with the Chicago Bulls, sources said.

The Wolves had hoped to unload burdensome contracts as part of the trade, but the Cavaliers were able to avoid doing so due to the strength of acquiring two former number one overall picks.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Anthony Bennett Could Be Traded To 76ers As Part Of Love Deal

Anthony Bennett could be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the long anticipated Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love trade.

The Minnesota Timberwolves would like to acquire Thaddeus Young as Love's replacement and Bennett could be re-routed to the 76ers.

Bennett was selected first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Cavs, Wolves Have 'Handshake' Deal In Place On Love, Wiggins Trade

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have a "handshake" deal in place on a trade of Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love.

Brian Windhorst said on air Monday that a "handshake" deal is in place between the teams, but that the two cannot come out and say it publicly yet, as Wiggins can't be traded until August 23rd.

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to be included in the deal with Thaddeus Young going to the Wolves. Windhorst reported that Anthony Bennett could be sent to the 76ers as part of the deal.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Michael Kaskey-Blomain)

Andrew Wiggins Not Bothered By Trade Reports

Andrew Wiggins said he just wants to play for a franchise that wants him amid trade talks involving a move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.

"I just want to play for a team that wants me. So whichever team wants me I'll play for," said Wiggins.

Cleveland signed Wiggins to a four-year deal on July 24, but because of league rules on rookie deals, the Cavs are not able to trade him for at least 30 days. 

Wiggins said Sunday he isn't taking his name being mentioned in trade talks "personal."

"At the end of the day you have to remember that the NBA is a business before anything. I'm a rookie. I really don't have too much say," he said.


Timberwolves Expect To Execute Kevin Love Deal By Aug. 23-24

The Minnesota Timberwolves expect to trade Kevin Love by Aug. 23 or Aug. 24.

"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.

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain the strong bet for Love, but the Timberwolves are also listening to offers from the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors. The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to be part of any three-team deal involving Love.

"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."

Via Charley Walters/Pioneer Press

Wolves Narrow Kevin Love Trade Talks Down To Cavaliers

The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently engaged in serious Kevin Love talks with only the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls have previously been in touch with the Wolves on a trade, but their respective offers aren't as competitive.

The Bulls are pessimistic about their chances and aren't inclined to significantly alter the construction of their team.

Andrew Wiggins is not eligible to be dealt until Aug. 23 after signing his rookie contract last week, but numerous league insiders expect a trade to be a matter of when instead of if.

Via Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Bulls Not Aggressively Pursuing Kevin Love Deal, Have Made No Formal Offers

Sources continue to indicate that the Chicago Bulls are not aggressively pursuing a trade for Kevin Love and have made no formal offers.

The Bulls were rumored to have made an offer of Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

McDermott is participating in Team USA's mini-camp for the second straight year.

This is a great experience," McDermott said. "Being a college guy last year, I don't think people knew who I was or that I was a shooter so I was getting a lot of open looks and I hit a lot of shots. This year, guys are a lot more physical with me. But I think I'm doing a better job of rebounding and defending and making reads off screens.

"Everyone is so good here and the game is so physical. I can learn a lot from all of them."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Minnesota Timberwolves Archives

Report: Anthony Bennett Pulled By Agent From Pro-Am Game

Anthony Bennett was recently pulled by his agent from a pro-am pickup game, according to a report.

Wolves Interested In Trading For Thaddeus Young To Replace Love

Thaddeus Young has two seasons remaining on his deal worth a combined $19.3 million, with the second season being a player option.

Mo Williams Agrees To $3.75M Deal With Wolves

Mo Williams averaged 9.7 points per game last season for the Blazers.

Klay Thompson Expects To Remain With Warriors

The Warriors have engaged the Wolves in Kevin Love trade talks, but have excluded Thompson from the talks.

Saunders Increasingly Interested In Trading For Wiggins, Bennett

Flip Saunders is becoming increasingly interested in the Cavaliers' offer of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and future first round picks for Kevin Love.

Kevin Love Withdraws From USA Basketball

Sources said that Kevin Love couldn't risk injury at this point with trade talks in a sensitive place.

Report: Knicks Offered Amar'e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, Tim Hardaway Jr. To Wolves For Kevin Love

The Timberwolves reportedly declined the Knicks' offer.

Cavaliers Remain In Lead For Kevin Love

Wolves' owner Glen Taylor is now believed to prefer Andrew Wiggins over Klay Thompson.

Andrew Wiggins Signs Rookie Contract With Cavs

Andrew Wiggins' deal starts at the rookie scale of $5.5 million.

Celtics Ready To Move On From Kevin Love Trade Talks

The Celtics have been unable to deliver an attractive enough proposal to the Wolves for Kevin Love.

Report: Bulls Offer Gibson, McDermott, Mirotic To Wolves For Kevin Love

The Bulls have reportedly offered Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Wolves for Kevin Love.

Cavaliers Trying To Acquire Non-Guaranteed Contract To Flip For Love

The Wolves would obtain salary cap relief from the Cavaliers in the form of non-guaranteed contracts.

Bulls Enter Kevin Love Trade Talks

The Bulls shelved their interest in Love while pursuing Carmelo Anthony.

Robbie Hummel Re-Signs With Timberwolves

Robbie Hummel has re-signed with the Timberwolves.

Cavs Reportedly Offering Wiggins, Bennett For Kevin Love

A trade was nearing completion at one point, but the Wolves want more than the Cavaliers' current offer.

Cavs Willing To Include Wiggins In Offer To Wolves For Love

The Cavaliers are now interested in including Andrew Wiggins in their trade proposal to the Wolves for Kevin Love.

Warriors, Wolves Continue Kevin Love Talks With Thompson Serving As Impasse

Glen Taylor and Joe Lacob have maintained a level of dialogue and a deal would be done by now if the Warriors relented on including Klay Thompson, which has been at the behest of Steve Kerr.

Rubio's Agent Seeking Five-Year Max Contract From Wolves

Ricky Rubio's agent, Dan Fegan, is seeking a five-year max contract.

Rival Execs Split On Whether Cavs Should Trade Wiggins For Love

Jeff Goodman polled 12 NBA executives about whether the Cleveland Cavaliers should offer Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love.

Evan Turner Receives Interest From Celtics, Wolves

Evan Turner has found his market to be tepid in free agency.
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