Sources: Cavs discussed Kevin Love deal with LeBron's agent
JUL 09, 2014 1:03p ET
The Cavs expressed to Paul that, after their discussions with the Timberwolves, doing a deal "would not be easy," according to one source.
That source also expressed that the Cavs were reluctant to include No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins in any potential deal.
Yahoo Sports and FOX Sports 1 NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski later confirmed the information about a Love trade scenario.
Cavaliers are pursuing a Kevin Love trade with Minnesota, contingent on the signing of LeBron James, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
Though nothing from James or his camp regarding his free-agency desires has been said on the record, the Cavaliers are believed to be one of the main contenders to land the four-time NBA MVP.
In a move potentially aimed at clearing cap room for a max contract offer to James, the Cavs reportedly agreed to a three-team deal involving Jarrett Jack, Tyler Zeller, Sergey Karasev and a first-round pick Wednesday.
James became a free agent when he opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat on June 24.
Multiple reports have said James will meet with Miami Heat president Pat Riley Wednesday. A meeting between Riley and James would be the first confirmed face-to-face meeting between James and one of his suitors this offseason.
Sources say the meeting was arranged by Paul and is scheduled for 6 p.m. EST.
Paul had conversations with officials from the Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers last week. Those face-to-face meetings took place in Cleveland, where Paul is based.
James is in Las Vegas for the opening of the annual Nike LeBron James Skills Academy, which began Wednesday.
Love, a three-time All-Star, has one year remaining on his current contract and has reportedly told Minnesota he doesn't plan to re-sign there.
An ESPN report on the night of the draft said should Love come to Cleveland, he would be interested in signing an extension with the Cavs if they got LeBron.
Wiggins is currently in Vegas with the rest of the Cavaliers' Summer League team.