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Wolves, Warriors re-open Kevin Love trade talks


The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have re-started trade talks involving All-Star forward Kevin Love.

The Associated Press reports Wolves president and coach Flip Saunders was seen talking to Warriors GM Bob Myers at the arena on Sunday as the two sides are continuing to discuss a possible trade.

A person with knowledge of the situation told the AP the two sides had a chance to meet face-to-face to discuss the deal during the summer league games being played in Las Vegas.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports Wolves owner Glen Taylor and Warriors counterpart Joe Lacob have continued their discussions. The Warriors have been reluctant to include guard Klay Thompson in any trade package for Love and that has been considered a deal-breaker for the Wolves.

According to Stein, sources say Golden State has been unwilling to offer Minnesota more than a combination of former All-Star David Lee, 2012 lottery pick Harrison Barnes and a future first-round pick – in exchange for Love and Wolves swingman Kevin Martin.

But Golden State isn't alone in their pursuit of Love anymore. Cleveland has also been discussing things with the Wolves. But recently Cleveland has also declared the top pick in last month's NBA draft, Andrew Wiggins, off-limits in any trade talks.

According to Stein, Saunders is adamant that he won't give Love up unless he gets either Thompson or Wiggins back.

The Bleacher Report's lead writer Jonathan Wasserman says the Cavaliers must not trade Wiggins to get Love.

" If I'm the Cavaliers, I'm riding this wave of good fortune without doing anything drastic.

But that's just my gut talking. My head likes the value of Wiggins, who has the potential to emerge as a premier defensive talent – like Kawhi Leonard and Paul George – within his first two years in the league."

Wasserman says Love is the better all-around player, but Wiggins gives Cleveland an immediate upgrade as a defender and also allows Cleveland more flexibility with the cap to add more talent to the frontcourt.

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