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Report: NBA could potentially block Timberwolves-Cavaliers trade

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The NBA could potentially block the agreed-upon trade that the Timberwolves and Cavaliers reportedly have in place, as pointed out in a report Saturday from Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The league could possibly block the trade because of Kevin Love's reported commitment to sign an extension with Cleveland next summer even though the trade to send him to Cleveland hasn't even been approved by the league. Earlier this week, the two teams agreed in principle to send the All-Star power forward to Cleveland for No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins and last year's No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett. The Wolves would also get the Cavs' 2015 protected first-round pick.

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According to sources in the report, no agreement is in place for Love to sign an extension with the Cavaliers next summer. According to a report earlier this week from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, however, Love has committed to opt out of his contract after next season and sign a five-year, $120-million-plus extension with the Cavaliers. 

Love and the Cavs cannot make these "arrangements about the future, even verbally, without violating salary cap circumvention rules in the league's collective bargaining agreement," according to the report on Saturday.

The three-time All-Star, who turns 26 in September, is reportedly adamant about becoming a free agent next summer regardless of where he is playing in order to get the most lucrative deal possible, as opposed to signing an extension of his current deal. As part of his current deal with the Wolves, he could legally pick up a $16.7 million option for the 2016-17 season. 

Wiggins signed his rookie deal with the Cavs at the end of July, but per NBA rules, he cannot be traded until 30 days after he signed the contract, which would put any potential deal involving him in place over the weekend of August 23. 

- Marc Weinreich

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