Late Wednesday night, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein reported the Chicago Bulls are no longer in pursuit of Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. The news isn’t much of a surprise, and was already discussed more at length here at Bulls 101.
From the ESPN story linked above –
"Those sources say the Chicago Bulls have become increasingly pessimistic about their chances of trumping Cleveland's offer, while the Golden State Warrios remained unwilling to bend on their longstanding refusal to surrender Klay Thompson in a deal for Love."
"Chicago general manager Gar Forman, who has been attending this week's Team USA camp in Las Vegas, wouldn't rule out another trade before the start of the season but insisted to assembled reporters Wednesday that the Bulls "really like the group we have" after the free-agent addition Pau Gasol and with the looming arrival of prized rookies Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott."
Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman spoke to reporters yesterday in Las Vegas at Team USA camp and reiterated his enthusiasm in regards to the Bulls’ offseason acquisitions. While trading for Love is significantly appealing for a multitude of reasons the timing of when a potential trade made the most sense came-and-went during Chicago’s all-in effort to lure Carmelo Anthony away from the New York Knicks.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have all along maintained the best package to offer for Love with an Andrew Wiggins-Anthony Bennett pairing. ESPN also reported that a Love-to-Cleveland deal is not a matter of “if” but “when.”
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