Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love is perhaps adding a new twist to recent trade talks by indicating he wants to be dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Multiple league sources told FOX Sports Ohio on Friday they are under the impression Love has relayed his desire for a trade to Cleveland to his agent. Love is represented by Jeff Schwartz.
Sources could not say for certain whether Love or Schwartz have made a formal trade request to the Timberwolves. Most believe if such a request is made, the Cavs will be able to obtain Love at a considerably cheaper cost than what is being discussed by the teams.
The Cavs and Timberwolves have reportedly talked about a deal that would send Love to Cleveland and team him with fellow All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Sources have said Cavs rookie Andrew Wiggins has been a sticking point in the talks, as the Cavs are hesitant to surrender the No. 1 overall draft pick.
It is believed the Timberwolves have indicated they won’t trade Love unless they receive Wiggins as part of a package in return. Officials from the Cavs and Timberwolves have refused comment on the talks.
Love, 25, is entering his seventh NBA season and averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last season. He has made the All-Star team three times and, along with James, won a gold medal as a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
Love has indicated he will not re-sign with the Timberwolves following the 2014-15 season, making him a free agent and putting Minnesota at risk to lose him without compensation.
ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith earlier reported Love is making teams aware he only wants to be traded to Cleveland.