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Warriors working on trade for Kevin Love (w/video)

LAS VEGAS — The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have reopened trade talks for All-Star forward Kevin Love, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The sides have had a chance to meet face-to-face to talk about a deal mentioned for more than a month. The person requested anonymity because neither team is publicly commenting on trade discussions.

Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders was seen talking to Warriors general manager Bob Myers at the NBA summer league arena on Sunday. The Warriors have been unwilling to include Klay Thompson in any package, which has been considered a deal-breaker for the Timberwolves.

There were no signs that the Warriors were ready to change their position on Thompson.

New Warriors coach Steve Kerr is keen on pairing Thompson with Steph Curry in the backcourt, even as he acknowledged earlier in the summer that he would like to add a power forward with shooting range.


There is none better at bringing that dimension than Love, a 25-year-old who plans to opt out of his contract at the end of next season.

The Wolves and Warriors have discussed swapping Love and guard Kevin Martin for David Lee, Harrison Barnes and a future draft pick.

The Wolves also have talked to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have LeBron James.

A three-player core of James, Love and Kyrie Irving would immediately make the Cavaliers a favorite in the Eastern Conference, but Cavaliers GM David Griffin has refused to part with No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins.

The Timberwolves have demanded Wiggins be a part of the deal with the Cavs.


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