Start with winning the top pick in this summer’s draft despite miniscule odds, eventually using it to select Andrew Wiggins. Then, the Cavs re-signed franchise point guard Kyrie Irving just a few minutes into the free agency period. This, of course, was followed by the triumphant return of LeBron James. From there, it was all about whether or not the team was going to be able to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love.
The latter story has been the one making headlines as of late, the biggest of which appeared to break this past weekend. T’Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press a Love trade is pretty much unavoidable at this point. On top of this, he added said deal will likely happen around August 23 or 24.
For those keeping track, this is around the same time the 30-day no-trade period on Wiggins’ rookie deal comes to a close. With this latest update, can we essentially come to the conclusion Cleveland is just a few weeks away from acquiring Love?
It seems like a classic “don’t count your chickens before they hatch” situation. Obviously, until Love is officially a member of the Cavs roster, he is indeed not on the team. Along with this, a lot can happen between now and August 23. With the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls both having shown interest over the summer in trading for Love, you can’t just assume everything is set for Cleveland except the waiting.
However, things certainly are looking that way.
Consider the fact this latest news isn’t coming from anonymous league sources, or some random Twitter rumor started by a 12-year-old posing as an NBA insider. Cavs fans have seen plenty of that all summer. This time, the update came from Minnesota’s owner, someone as close to the situation as you can get. Someone who previously expressed desire to keep Love for this season, but now appears to be throwing up the white flag on said concept.
Again, it doesn’t guarantee Love’s future destination, but it certainly adds fuel to the fire.
It’s also worth noting this came a couple days after ESPN reported Cleveland was, at the time, the only team still in trade talks with the T’Wolves for Love, as the Warriors were still refusing to include Klay Thompson and the Bulls were reportedly just moving on. This, too, comes with the caveat that there’s still plenty of time remaining before Wiggins can be traded.
At the moment, though, it appears the odds are heavily stacking in favor of Cleveland. Whether or not Taylor’s projection for the date of the trade has anything to do with Wiggins’ availability, the mere fact the Cavs are willing to include their top pick in a deal for Love has put them in the driver’s seat.
Were Taylor’s comments a slip of the tongue or just a coincidence? Right now, neither can be confirmed. All we do know is August 23 is under 20 days away, and we’re likely to learn a ton more about who Love will be playing for as we get closer to that date.