The Chicago Bulls have thrown a spanner in the ongoing Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers saga by making their own offer for the Minnesota Timberwolves star.
According to reports from CBS Sports among others, the Bulls have offered forwards Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic, and rookie Doug McDermott in a trade package for the All-Star Love. From Sheridan Hoops.com:
Gibson, Mirotic & McBuckets
"The Chicago Bulls have offered a package of Taj Gibson and rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star forward Kevin Love, a league source told SheridanHoops.com on Wednesday.
The package is extremely intriguing to the Timberwolves, but there is a catch; it cannot be completed for another 29 days because McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts Tuesday. NBA rules prohibit rookies from being traded within the first 30 days of inking their rookie deals."
In order for the deal - containing McDermott - to actually be completed as it currently is, there has to be a 30-day grace period before the trade can be finalized. The rookie McDermott was only signed on Tuesday night and cannot be traded until he has been under contract for 30 days or more with the team he signs his first pro contract with, Chicago.
Minnesota is also weighing an offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are said to be the frontrunners in the Love sweepstakes. It is not yet known if the Cavs will be offering number one draft pick Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves as part of the deal, but the Canadian guard/forward would certainly sweeten the deal.
The 30 day waiting period actually plays into Cleveland's hands at the moment. The Cavs have yet to actually sign Wiggins to his deal yet and so could trade him straight away. If that offer comes in from Cleveland then the Bulls will have to take out McDermott and find someone else who is equally as attractive a prospect.
The NBA's Summer of Love keeps marching on with no clear winner pulling ahead as of yet. The Cavs, Bulls and Golden State Warriors all have an interest and there will be plenty more talk about Kevin.