Trade talks between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors regarding All-Star Kevin Love have reopened according to numerous reports.
The move comes after weeks of rumor and counter rumor regarding the likelihood of Love ended up in the Bay Area but, as reported by the Associated Press, representatives from both teams met yesterday whilst in Las Vegas as part of the ongoing NBA Summer League.
Long time coming
The idea that Love, who is yet to feature in the playoffs in his six years playing in the NBA, could make the move to Golden State began gaining traction almost as soon as the player intermitted that he wanted to leave the Timberwolves in search of success.
When reports emerged suggesting the Warriors were willing to part with Klay Thompson as part of the trade it looked like the Western Conference franchise had stolen a march on the numerous other pursuers of the star player.
However since then, talks have stalled with the Warriors apparently preferring to offload less fancied role player David Lee - himself on a mammoth $30 million two-year contract - rather than one of their rising stars in Thompson.
The news that the two sides are back in discussion however will be music to the ears of Warriors fans. The source cited however did reveal that the Warriors were refusing to budge on their original offer - something which may prove costly with the Timberwolves rightly seeking a lucrative offer for a man who remains under contract with them until the summer of 2015.
The latest update comes after Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders was spotted in discussion with GM of the Warriors, Bob Myers during a game in Las Vegas Sunday. Of course no one really knows what came up between the trio, but the Summer League certainly gives teams the chance for trade talks to accelerate.
There remain several other interested parties aside from the Warriors, with the likes of the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers keen on acquiring Love this offseason.
The Cavs are rumored to be considering offering up number one draft pick Andrew Wiggins as they seek to pair Love with LeBron James, but the Timberwolves themselves are likely to bide their time with this one.
With Love still under contract they technically have until the February 2015 trade deadline to make a decision although analysts have warned that a deal this month would be best for the franchise long term.
As for the Warriors offer, they might have to become a little less attached to Klay Thompson if they want discussions to proceed beyond Las Vegas.