Thursday July 31st, 2014

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the front-runner in talks to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, as the two teams were recently engaged in “serious” talks, reports Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.

According to the report, the Cavaliers were the only team that talked with the Timberwolves on Wednesday, increasing the speculation that Love will be traded to Cleveland.

The Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors have also expressed interest in the three-time All-Star. 

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A trade to Cleveland would require the Cavaliers to give up considerable assets for Love, including No. 1 NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins. Also discussed: Cleveland's 2013 No. 1 pick, Anthony Bennett, and a future first-rounder. Wiggins can’t be dealt until Aug. 23, as per NBA rules. 

Love can opt out of his his contract after the 2014-15 season no matter if he stays in Minnesota or is traded to Cleveland. 

More from ESPN.com:

Numerous league insiders -- some of whom are gathered in Las Vegas for this week's Team USA training camp -- have begun to describe a Love-to-Cleveland trade as a "when" transaction as opposed to an "if."

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