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Kevin Love trade rumors: Other teams trying to get involved

Kevin Love trade rumors: Other teams trying to get involved Photo: Rocky Widner/National Basketball Association via Getty Images

Multiple teams are trying to participate in potential trades involving the Timberwolves' Kevin Love, according to a report from The Sporting News.

Denver, Boston and Philadelphia are mentioned in the report.

The Nuggets have interest in acquiring Love, while the Sixers could include forward Thaddeus Young to abet another team's pursuit of Love.

Boston is also targeting Love but would offer draft picks in exchange for a different player capable of contributing 'immediately.'

“When a deal like this takes a long time, there are going to be more ants circling the picnic," one front-office source told Sporting News. "This is not likely to be a one-to-one trade."

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain the leading contender in the Love sweepstakes, according to reports, with the team optimistic about its chances of reaching a deal. 

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: Why trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love makes sense for Cavaliers​

Other potential landing spots for Love include Golden State and Chicago.

The Bulls' reportedly offered Taj Gibson, European forward Nikola Mirotic and rookie Doug McDermott for the three-time All-Star forward. 

The Warriors' reported refusal to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in a potential trade has stalled negotiations with Minnesota.

Love, 25, is said to be 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. 

He averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds a game last season as the Timberwolves won 40 games and missed the playoffs.

SI Now: Kevin Love's experience outweighs Andrew Wiggins' potential

On Tuesday's SI Now, Sports Illustrated senior writer Phil Taylor discusses why he thinks the Cavaliers will benefit more from having Kevin Love over Andrew Wiggins on the team this season.

- Chris Johnson

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