The Cavaliers are trying to assemble pieces to include in a trade package for the Timberwolves' Kevin Love, according to a report from Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Cleveland is reportedly pursuing non-guaranteed contracts for players that Minnesota could release for salary cap relief.
Negotiations between the two sides have reportedly progressed after Cleveland indicated it would part ways with Andrew Wiggins in a potential deal. Minnesota would like to move J.J. Barea and Kevin Martin, who together have four years and more than $25 million remaining on their contracts, according to the report.
Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft, could sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers as soon as Wednesday. Rules in the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulate that a trade involving Wiggins could not be consummated for 30 days after he signs.
Other potential landing spots for Love include Golden State, Denver and Chicago.
The report also says the Cavaliers have been trying to acquire an experienced center.
Love, 25, is reportedly intent on leaving Minnesota if the team does not trade him before the end of next season, when he can opt out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent. The three-time All-Star averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds a game last season as the Timberwolves won 40 games and missed the playoffs.
- Chris Johnson