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Report: Bulls making push to trade for Kevin Love

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The Bulls are making a push to trade for the Timberwolves' Kevin Love, according to a report from ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst.

Chicago's package for Love could include forwards Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, in addition to other assets. 

Windhorst and Stein report that the Cleveland Cavaliers remain the leading contender in the Love sweepstakes, with the team 'increasingly optimistic' about coming to terms on a framework for a trade.

Cleveland's package would include Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts, plus a future first-rounder and potentially one additional player to meet NBA trade requirements.

More: Report: Cavs close to signing Andrew Wiggins, would delay trade

Golden State has been rumored as another potential landing spot for Love, though reports indicate the Warriors' refusal to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in a potential package has stalled negotiations.

This offseason, the Bulls signed four-time All-Star center Pau Gasol and heralded European prospect Nikola Mirotic and acquired former Creighton forward Doug McDermott in a draft night trade.

Chicago won 48 games and finished in fourth place in the Eastern Conference last season before losing to the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.

What Cleveland must sacrifice to gain Kevin Love

On Monday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Mannix discusses the sacrifices Cleveland would have to make to acquire Kevin Love and who they would have to trade along with Andrew Wiggins.

- Chris Johnson

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