Kevin Love ‘intrigued’ by Cavaliers

Updated: July 11, 2014, 1:55 PM ET news services

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is “intrigued” by the idea of being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers and would commit long term to the team, a source close to the situation told’s Marc Stein.

The Cavaliers have opened talks by offering guard Dion Waiters, forward Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for Love, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.

Love said during a June 11 appearance on ESPN’s “SportsNation “that it “burns me and hurts my heart” that he hasn’t made the playoffs in six seasons in the NBA.

But in Cleveland, Love would pair with young point guard Kyrie Irving and four-time MVP LeBron James, who told on Friday that he is returning to the Cavaliers.

In his last public comments on his future with Timberwolves on June 11, Love stopped short of confirming that he’s determined to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

“My agent is handling everything at this point … I’m hoping that everything works out for all parties involved,” Love said.

The 25-year-old Love, a three-time All-Star and former rebounding champion, averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last season.

The Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors discussed a trade involving Love up until the NBA draft on June 26, but a deal didn’t materialize.

After it initially appeared the Warriors were prepared to part with shooting guard Klay Thompson in order to land Love, sources told that Hall of Fame consultant Jerry West and new Warriors coach Steve Kerr voiced opposition to surrendering both Thompson and a future first-round pick to the Timberwolves, along with former All-Star forward David Lee, for Love and Wolves guard Kevin Martin.