The recent trade rumors involving the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves over all-star big man Kevin Love are completely unfounded.
The report came out that the Bulls had offered three major pieces to the Timberwolves in Nikola Mirotic, Doug McDermott, and Taj Gibson.
Long Term Plans
Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson put cold water on the rumors shortly after they came in the public eye. He tweeted that not only had the Bulls assured Mirotic he was in the team for the long term, but they had essentially given equal assurances to McDermott in an article written for SI.com.
Johnson also tweeted that Taj Gibson has said each time he enters the Berto Center, Bulls practice facility, he is reassured that the days new trade rumor is completely unfounded and to not worry about it.
This all comes after the Timberwolves made a recent play for Klay Thompson, and it seems a new rumor is being released each day out of Minnesota. They all appear to be smokescreens in an effort to coerce the Cleveland Cavaliers into including number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins in a deal to send Love to Cleveland.
Clearly Minnesota is looking for a kings ransom for Love, but they are not receiving the offers they desire. Smokescreens are nothing new, but the Minnesota front office may want to work on their execution, because no one is falling for these new rumors.
Both the Bulls and the Warriors have gone out of their way to address the rumors and assert that they are entirely incorrect.
The Warriors see Thompson as a long term starter, and the Bulls are extremely high on Mirotic, the number one european prospect, McDermott, the college player of the year, and Gibson, who finished second in Sixth man of the Year voting.