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Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can’t Trade Him for 30 Days

Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can’t Trade Him for 30 Days

Jost West/Getty Images Sport(CLEVELAND, Ohio) — The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, on Thursday.
ESPN reports the contract is for four years and will pay Wiggins $5.5 million next season.
The Cavaliers have been talking about sending Wiggins as part of a package deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, but because of NBA rules involving rookie contracts, Wiggins can’t be traded for 30 days.
The 6-foot-8, 19-year-old Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and a block per game last season at Kansas.
The Cavaliers also signed second-round pick Joe Harris Thursday.
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Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite the rumored talks between Minnesota and Cleveland that include trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, sources now say the Cavaliers plan to sign their top draft pick later this week. Those same sources also say the delay in signing Wiggins has nothing to do with the apparent trade talks.
Instead, the Cavs have been reportedly weighing how to use the remaining $1.4 million available to them after signing the Kansas forward. Wiggins’ contract will net him in the neighborhood of a reported $5.5 million as a rookie. Once signed, Cleveland must wait at least 30 days before they can trade him. 
After the Cavs sign Wiggins, they are expected to ink Mike Miller to a two-year $5.6 million deal.
Cleveland has also been rumored to have interest in Ray Allen, a teammate with Miller in Miami. However, the Cavaliers would only be able to give Allen the league minimum of $1.4 million.
All of these front office moves have been to try and build the best possible team around returning forward LeBron James.
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Cavaliers’ David Blatt Says Team Won’t Trade Andrew Wiggins

Cavaliers’ David Blatt Says Team Won’t Trade Andrew Wiggins

Jost West/Getty Images Sport(NEW YORK) — With rumors flying that the Cleveland Cavaliers could now shift their attention to acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love, head coach David Blatt says the team will not trade Andrew Wiggins in any potential deal for Love.
“There’s no reason or cause for worry on his part because Andrew’s not going anywhere, as far as I know and as far as the club has expressed,” Blatt told reporters Saturday.
Wiggins was the number one overall pick by the Cavaliers in the NBA Draft last June. Many see him as a potential franchise player, and the team is reluctant to give him up.
“I would think for a guy like Andrew, to have the opportunity to play with arguably one of the best players of all time, and to learn from him and to be tutored by him and to play alongside him — which he will — I gotta think that’s a tremendous boost to his confidence and his comfort level and probably his motivation,” Blatt told reporters.
Love is reportedly “intrigued” by the idea of playing with James in Cleveland, but it remains to be seen if the Cavaliers can bring him on board without giving up Wiggins.
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ESPN: Warriors Weighing Trade for Kevin Love

ESPN: Warriors Weighing Trade for Kevin Love

Minnesota Timberwovles/NBA(NEW YORK) — If the Golden State Warriors truly want to get their hands on Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love, they’ll have to pay a heavy price. ESPN reports that the team is seriously weighing their options to find what it would take to acquire him via trade.
Reportedly the Timberwolves are asking for a future first-round pick, Klay Thompson, David Lee, and maybe Harrison Barnes in exchange for Love and Kevin Martin.
That is a steep price to pay, but Love is arguably one of the best players in the NBA. This past season, the 25-year-old averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He was the only player in the NBA this past season to be in the top-5 in points and rebounds.
Despite Love’s immense talent, he hasn’t made it to the playoffs during his six-year career. While he hasn’t officially asked for a trade, he is likely to opt out of his contract next season to test free agency.
Other than the Warriors, the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics have reportedly engaged in trade talks for Love.
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Ricky Rubio Will Pitch Kevin Love on Staying in Minnesota

Ricky Rubio Will Pitch Kevin Love on Staying in Minnesota

Thomas Northcut/Digital Images(NEW YORK) — With rumors growing that Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love wants to be traded sooner than later, his teammate, Ricky Rubio, will do his best to convince Love to stay with the organization.
“I don’t want to convince him if he doesn’t want to stay. But I want him to stay and I’m going to tell him what I think, which is we’ve been improving each year and he’s a great player, he helps us a lot,” Rubio told NBA.com.
“I think we need to make the next step. …The media says it’s pretty settled, but I don’t know what he thinks. What I’ve been hearing is from the media, not from him, so I don’t trust that. It can be an opinion from you guys. I just really want to talk to him as a teammate,” he continued.
While the team has improved their win total each season since Love and Rubio’s first season together in 2011, the Timberwolves still haven’t made the playoffs since Love entered the NBA in 2008.
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Spurs Dominate Timberwolves 104-86

Spurs Dominate Timberwolves 104-86

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Kawhi Leonard scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, propelling the San Antonio Spurs past the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-86 Sunday.
The Spurs (29-8) have now won four straight and lead Por…

Rick Adelman Thinks Timberwolves Are Complacent Already

Rick Adelman Thinks Timberwolves Are Complacent Already

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Timberwolves just might have enough talent to make it to the playoffs in the Western Conference, but head coach Rick Adelman thinks the team is getting a little too comfortable too early.
“They…

Kevin Durant and Kevin Love Returning to Team USA

Kevin Durant and Kevin Love Returning to Team USA

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(LAS VEGAS) — Kevin Durant and Kevin Love are locked in for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.  Both Durant and Love addressed the media on Wednesday and are happy to be playing for coach Mike Krzyzewski again.
“Representi…

T-Wolves Forward Kevin Love Undergoes Successful Surgery

T-Wolves Forward Kevin Love Undergoes Successful Surgery

Minnesota Timberwolves/NBA(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love underwent successful surgery on his broken right hand, the club announced on Tuesday. He is expected to miss 8-10 weeks.The 24-year-old Love was operated on by Dr. Mic…

Kevin Love Out 8-10 Weeks With Broken Hand

Kevin Love Out 8-10 Weeks With Broken Hand

Minnesota Timberwolves/NBA(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is expected to miss eight to ten weeks after finding out he will require surgery on his broken right hand, the team announced Wednesday.Love, who broke the same han…

T-Wolves Forward Kevin Love Out With Hand Injury

T-Wolves Forward Kevin Love Out With Hand Injury

Minnesota Timberwolves/NBA(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been sidelined for the second-time this season with a broken right hand, an MRI taken Saturday revealed.The 24-year-old Love re-fractured his third metacarpal in h…

T-Wolves’ Chase Budinger Out 3-4 Months

T-Wolves’ Chase Budinger Out 3-4 Months

Minnesota Timberwolves/NBA(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger is expected to miss the next 3-4 months while recovering from surgery he had to repair the torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.The 24-year-old Budinger was i…

Kevin Love Out For 6-8 Weeks With Broken Right Hand

Kevin Love Out For 6-8 Weeks With Broken Right Hand

Minnesota Timberwolves/NBA(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Timberwolves will be without two-time All-Star forward Kevin Love for the next six to eight weeks after he broke his right hand during a workout.The 24-year-old Love suffered a fracture of his th…

London Olympics Day Two Recap

London Olympics Day Two Recap

CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/GettyImages(LONDON) — Day 2 of the London Summer Olympics was huge for American swimmer for Dana Vollmer, who set a world record in the 100-meter butterfly by touching the wall at 55.98. That  beat the previous mark of 56.06 …

Kevin Durant Leads USA Basketball Over France, 98-71

Kevin Durant Leads USA Basketball Over France, 98-71

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(LONDON) — The United States men’s basketball team tipped off Group A preliminary action Sunday with a 98-71 victory over France. Forward Kevin Durant led the way for the Stars and Stripes with 22 points and nine rebound…

T-Wolves Shut Down Love

T-Wolves Shut Down Love

Minnesota Timberwolves/NBA(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have shut down All-Star forward Kevin Love for the rest of the season after he suffered a concussion against the Denver Nuggets on April 11.  He has not returned to action since…

NBA Announces All-Star Reserves

NBA Announces All-Star Reserves

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) — The NBA announced the reserves for the All-Star Game in Orlando, Florida on Feb. 26.Eastern Conference: Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, Phil…

NBA Suspends Love for Two Games

NBA Suspends Love for Two Games

Minnesota Timberwolves/NBA(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been suspended two games by the NBA for stomping on Rockets forward Louis Scola during their game Saturday.
“I want to publicly apologize to Luis Scola and the Hou…

Mavericks Receive Rings, Get Blown Out by T-Wolves 105-90

Mavericks Receive Rings, Get Blown Out by T-Wolves 105-90

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(DALLAS) — The Dallas Mavericks (11-8) finally got their 2011 NBA Championship rings and then decided to take the second-half off against the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-8) on Wednesday night.
Minnesota’s $60 million …

Love Agrees To A New Deal With T-Wolves

Love Agrees To A New Deal With T-Wolves

Minnesota Timberwolves/NBA(MINNEAPOLIS) — All-Star forward Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth more than $60 million. The deal gives the 23-year-old Love the option to opt out after three years…

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