Report: LeBron James reaches out to Kevin Love

Report: LeBron James reaches out to Kevin Love
July 17, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Mark Strotman

The Big Three era ended in Miami two weeks ago when LeBron James returned home to Cleveland.

But the best player in basketball is back to his recruiting ways, and a new Big Three may be on the horizon.

According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, James has reached out to Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love about potentially playing in Cleveland.

 

Later in the day Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears filed a story that indicated Love is "enthusiastic about the idea of teaming with James" and All-Star Kyrie Irving.

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Love has been one of the top headline grabbers this offseason after making his desire to leave Minnesota public. The 25-year-old can opt out of his contract with the Timberwolves after next season, and his representatives have made it known he plans to do that. That left the Minnesota brass with the decision to trade him or lose him for nothing next season. Prior to the draft rumors floated about up to 16 teams inquiring about the talented forward, including the Bulls.

Nothing ever came, in large part because the Celtics' offer was reportedly too low and the Golden State Warriors did not want to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in a deal.

The Cavaliers suddenly became an option for Love when the team won their third lottery in four years, a selection they wound up using on Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins. And up until Thursday, multiple outlets indicated the Cavaliers had no interest in trading the 19-year-old, up until today when the newest reports surfaced. Wiggins would almost undoubtedly need to be included in any deal involving Love, while names such as Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett have also been linked in trade talks.

Regardless of who was involved in the deal, the Cavaliers would become the favorites in the East with a Big Three of James, Irving and Love.