Reports: Love trade talks between Cavs, Wolves have escalated

Talks between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves are heating up, according to reports Tuesday.

Andrew Wiggins reportedly remains at the center of discussions for a trade involving Kevin Love.

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Talks between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves are heating up, according to reports Tuesday.

Yahoo! Sports and FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports the deal hinges on the Cavs' inclusion of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins and that the mention of his name in negotiations has triggered increased interest. A source who spoke to FOX Sports Ohio's Sam Amico articulated a similar notion, describing the talks as "getting real."

Multiple outlets, including The Associated Press, have reported Wiggins is expected to sign a rookie contract this week. Once that happens, he would not be eligible to be traded for 30 days.

Tuesday evening, Cleveland executed a trade in which they acquired the non-guaranteed deals of John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Carrick Felix, a second-round pick and cash.

Wojnarowski reported that the Cavs had been looking into the possibility of adding non-guaranteed contracts, which Minnesota could acquire in a trade, then release for salary relief.

Also of note from the Yahoo! Sports report is that the Denver Nuggets have offered the strongest package besides the Cavaliers and are a contender to land Love, who Wojnarowski said has "demanded a trade before the start of next season."

Besides looking for pieces Minnesota could later use in a salary dump, Wojnarowski reports the Cavs are shopping around for an "experienced center" in exchange for future first-round picks.