Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Cavaliers upped the ante in the hunt for Kevin Love, offering No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the All-Star forward.
According to sources, LeBron James has reached out to Love since the Cavs’ change in thinking.
The two clubs have been engaged in trade discussions since LeBron James announced he was returning to Cleveland last Friday
However, the talks stalled due to the Cavaliers’ refusal to give in to the Timberwolves’ request to include the 19-year-old Wiggins in the trade.
Earlier, the Cavaliers and new coach David Blatt have stated privately and publicly that they would not deal Wiggins, who scored 21 points in the Cavaliers’ 96-90 loss to the Houston Rockets at the Las Vegas Summer League Thursday.
Love, a three-time All-Star who will become a free agent after the 2014-15 season, has told the Timberwolves he will not re-sign with them, prompting Minnesota to field trade offers for him.
Sources said Love would sign a long-term contract with Cleveland to play alongside James.
The Timberwolves are also talking with Golden State about a Love trade. The Warriors have offered All-Star David Lee and Harrison Barnes, but their unwillingness to include Klay Thompson has led to a stalemate, sources said.