The Cleveland Cavaliers pursuit of Kevin Love has come to an end. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Love blocked a trade that would have sent him to the Cavs in exchange for the Timberwolves landing the No. 1 overall pick in Thursdays NBA Draft.
According to reports the deal died once Love wouldn’t agree to sign on long-term.
Cleveland’s pursuit of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love – which included a package centered on the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft – has sputtered because of Love’s warning he’d never sign an extension with the Cavaliers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
There was no deal structure fully in place, but the Cavaliers had been fiercely determined to secure Love in a trade package, sources said.
The Cavaliers would have had a centerpiece of Love and Kyrie Irving to help try and convince LeBron James to come home. Loves agent let the Cavs know the star forwards feelings on the matter.
Through Love’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, Cleveland was warned Love would opt out of his contract in 2015 and never consider the Cavaliers’ offer of a long-term maximum contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.