Will Timberwolves' Kevin Love follow LeBron James to Cleveland?

 

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And just like that ... LeBron James announces he indeed is going home to Cleveland, four years after he left in a departure that turned so bitter.

In an essay penned for Sports Illustrated, James explains himself, and why he chose now as the time to do what he always thought he would do, go home.

Of course, there are big Timberwolves implications here, if the Cavs indeed do now make a play to put Kevin Love alongside LeBron and Kyrie Irving.

Read the essay and you'll notice this: LeBron talks about how he wants to mentor and raise Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. Glaringly, he never made mention of consecutive No. 1 picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett.

The price will be Wiggins - and other pieces, including draft pick(s) and perhaps Bennett - and right now it's not clear just how eager the Cavaliers will be to do so.

Of course, Love would have to be willing to sign long term to stay in Cleveland. For all the speculation that Love wants to play in Los Angeles or a big market, the only thing he has said publicly is that he wants to win.

Now's the time to back up his word.

You'd think swapping Wiggins for Love in a bigger package would be a no-brainer for the Cavs, but...

It'll be interesting to see if Wiggins plays for the Cavaliers team this afternoon when it starts its Las Vegas Summer League play.

And it'll be interesting to see if:

_The Cavs try to get greedy and try to make a deal with the Wolves without including Wiggins.

_And if Flip Saunders gets greedy and tries to use the Cavs and Wiggins to leverage Chicago - if they lose out on Carmelo Anthony - into giving him the deal he has sought from them: Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and the rights to Nikola Mirotic.

You can also say that about Golden State, but the Bulls now have more incentive to keep Love away from LeBron and the Cavs.

Stay tuned, it's going to be a wild ride.

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