Nov 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Target Center. The Minnesota Timberwolves win 124-95. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

Cavaliers Rumors: Cleveland involved in three-team trade for Kevin Love?

The Minnesota Timberwolves want to deal Kevin Love and both LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers want him.

You’d think the Wolves would be receptive to trade talks since they finally have a partner willing to deal but that’s simply not the case. However, there may be a deal int eh works right now that would send Kevin Love to Cleveland.

According to Cleveland reporter Mike Kairns, the Cavs may be working on a three-team trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors that would land them Kevin Love.

The Cavaliers would land Kevin Love, while shipping off Tristan Thompson to the Timberwolves, along with Klay Thompson. Golden State Warriors would be compensated with a number of first-round picks.


This seems like a trade that is too easy to make, which means it’s likely super complicated and unlikely to happen. The bottom line is Cavs fans need to ask themselves just how valuable Kevin Love is and if he’s really worth the hassle to go out and try to acquire if it’s going to cause nothing but headaches.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves

  • DDJR

    Honestly If the Cavs really want Love all they have to do is trade Wiggins, Bennet and Thompson flat out and they will get Love, Flip will be OK with the youth movement and the Cavs would get a 20 ppg, 10 reb guy which they will need. Cavs would be giving up allot but I wouldn’t be shocked if they sign Miller, Allen and possibly Haslam to fill up there roster. There is no point in Golden state getting involved if there not going to get Love themselves.

    • AJH

      Trading all those players for Love would be a huge mistake, they’d need to at least keep Bennett or Thompson since Love really has a growing track record of injuries, couple that with Kyrie Irving’s track record of injuries and you have a dangerous situation of those two being hurt at the same time for a good stretch of games and it just being Lebron out there with no other star and only Dion Waiters to help him out. They’d have to at least keep Bennett or Thompson so they’d have a good back up PF who can also take off minutes from Love and hopefully keep him healthy.

      I also think it’s a huge mistake to trade Wiggins because I see him growing into a great player, who if they paired with Lebron for the long term especially towards the end of his career where he could pass the torch to Wiggins once he gets to his star level and Lebron could take a slight step back as they still are contenders. Much like what happened with the Heat where Wade passed the team over to Lebron. Granted that didn’t work out so great in the end but can’t blame him for going home.

      • Twinkie defense

        If Cleveland wants to get Love they’ll have to do it without GS. And if Cleveland is not willing to give up Wiggins I don’t want to hear criticism of the Warriors not wanting to give up Klay.

        • AJH

          I don’t think the Warriors should give up Klay Thompson for Love either honestly, but that trade at least makes a bit of sense, since Love won’t re-sign with the T-Wolves, and Klay Thompson is due a big pay bump this year when he becomes a FA, it’d take away a lot of the flexibility the Warriors have roster wise in the future, Wiggins on the other hand is on a rookie contract and most of their key players can be re-signed even if it means exceeding the cap as they are team drafted players.

  • boognish

    what a stupid rumor. Why would GS trade Klay for some draft picks when they have been unwilling to trade him for Kevin Love?

    • Josh

      Sounds like it started in cleveland. They think they can get Kevin Love for Anthony Bennett straight up.

      • Mike

        They’re offering Bennett and Waiters as well as multiple first round picks. Miami’s pick next year as well. MN is NOT getting Wiggins. If they play hardball then they will lose Love for nothing. The more time this goes on then the less they will get. Yes if they keep waiting then all they will get is Bennett. CLE has the leverage because love will already commit to play with LeBron when he’s a free agent. MN should have traded him last year.

    • WillyWalker

      I agree this is pure ignorance. If Kevin Love really wanted to play in Cleveland he would come out and say the cavs are the only team he will sign a long term extension with. It would force the t-pups to accept the waiters/bennett/picks offer or leave them holding their D’s at the end of the year.

  • Mike C

    Thought the Celtics were going to get him. Good job Ainge taking crap players from Cleveland in order for them to get James and then not getting Kevin Love and allowing Cleveland to get him. Ainge who in Cleveland is blowing you that’s all I want to know.

    • Zackary Hendrickx

      You do realize that the Cavs would have found another partner to make those trades happen anyway, right? And that we turned a second round pick and an expiring trade exemption into a young 7-footer and another first round pick? Celtics hit that trade out of the park – have some patience.

  • Toddious

    The last line of this article is ridiculous and devalues the entire piece. “Is it worth the hassle” to bring in top talent to play alongside Lebron, while hopefully not giving up our recent #1 pick Wiggins? Yes, I would say it’s “worth the hassle”.

    • mikey

      i completely agree with you. I was thinking the same thing

    • Twinkie defense

      If by “hassle” it is meant “impossible to pull off” then yes, this makes a lot of sense.

      • Toddious

        The writer doesn’t even specify that he’s referring to this particular trade scenario, but rather an overall blanket statement.

        “It’s only gonna cause headaches”? Huh? Isn’t this part of the job description? SMH…

  • David Rininger

    We don’t need K Love right away. Take the deal off the table , let them sweat a little then offer less than the last deal. You can work from there. Minnesota has zero leverage right now. Unless they want to lose him for nothing when he absolutely won’t re-sign, they should probably deal him for what they can get. I don’t blame them for aiming high but they can take Wiggins off their Christmas wish list.

    • DDJR

      Dave, I disagree I think Minnesota has allot more leverage then people think. Because they don’t have to get rid of Love. They can hold onto him in hopes they have a good year and if they can make it into the playoffs it could hypothetically keep Love in town if he buys into what Flip is doing. With that being said it’s better to trade for him because the cap structure, say for like the Cav’s works better on a long term contract via trade then they can just pay the luxury tax. If they wait till next summer teams will get into a massive bidding war and teams Like the Lakers and Celtics will be able to give more max money.

  • 80′s Baby

    Trade Anthony Bennett and give Minnesota two 1st round picks. That’ll make Flip Saunders really want to trade Kevin Love.

  • ABN Promotion

    If the Cavaliers get Kevin Love IT’S OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wildrover4

    So GS won’t trade Klay for Love, but they will trade him for 1st round picks? I’m calling nonsense.

  • Arch Stanton

    Kevin Love is an MVP caliber player and the 3rd best player in the league according to the PER, behind Durant and LeBron. This Wiggins kid might be that good one day…..MIGHT. make the trade already.