The signs certainly are pointing to the Wolves trading Kevin Love to Cleveland.
The long-discussed trade of Wolves star Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, last year’s No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and other assets is not official. It can’t be made official until Aug. 23 — which is 30 days after Wiggins signed his rookie contract, per NBA rules. But when you add up all the clues, it leads to a near-certainty that, pending something stupid happening, this will go down in a few weeks. To refresh your memory, here are those clues:
Clue No. 1: On July 2, it becomes public that Love has pulled out of the celebrity softball game in conjunction with the All-Star Game at Target Field.
What it might mean: Love, knowing he will be traded, doesn’t want the public backlash from Minnesota fans.
What it makes us believe: That a Love trade was increasingly becoming an inevitability.
Clue No. 2: On July 11, LeBron James announces his return to Cleveland in a letter on SI.com. In it, he mentions several Cavs players by name — but not Wiggins or Bennett.
What it might mean: LeBron, knowing both players were on the way out, didn’t want to make it seem like they would be teammates for long.
What it makes us believe: That a trade involving Wiggins and Bennett was increasingly becoming an inevitability.
Clue No. 3: On July 26, it is announced that Love is backing out of a commitment to play for Team USA in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
What it might mean: Love, not wanting to risk an injury that would derail a trade — look what happened to Paul George — played it safe.
What it makes us believe: That a Love trade to was increasingly becoming an inevitability.
Clue No. 4: On Thursday, ESPN reported the Cavs were the only team the Wolves were dealing with in a trade scenario for Love.
What it might mean: Things were moving along and we could finally stop talking about Golden State’s lame offer.
What it makes us believe: That a Love trade to Cleveland for Wiggins and Bennett was increasingly becoming an inevitability.
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