The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have been cited as the favorites in the Kevin Love sweepstakes for quite some time now, must be feeling pretty confident about a possible trade.
Last night, they made the necessary move to acquire three non-guaranteed contracts, reportedly to help match salaries in a potential trade for Love. The Utah Jazz traded John Lucas, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy to the Cavs for Carrick Felix, a future second round pick and $1 million cash.
This doesn't mean that the Cavs have won, but it likely means they're pretty far out ahead in the sweepstakes.
The Twittersphere had some interesting tidbits last night, most notably from Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.
So here's what I know ...— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 23, 2014
The Wolves have talked Love trades for more than a month now. CLE, GSW, CHI, BOS, DEN, PHX, etc., etc., etc. ...— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 23, 2014
So the Wolves continue to look at all available options for a Love trade. But CLE is the one they like the best. ...— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 23, 2014
There are many options a deal including CLE could take. One has Wolves looking for a 3rd team to bring in another veteran player— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 23, 2014
That third team concept is an interesting one. Doogie tweeted out Philadelphia as an option for a third team (Thaddeus Young?). There's still clearly a lot to figure out, and throughout this 30-day period after Wiggins signs his contract, that may be OK.
In other news, Houston decided to sign 42nd overall pick, and Arizona product Nick Johnson to a 3-year, fully guaranteed deal after an impressive display at both the Las Vegas and Orlando Summer Leagues. He averaged 12.5 points, along with 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in eight games in Las Vegas.
He was also making people leave their seats. For example:
After the Kevin Love trade goes down, the offseason will probably quiet down with it. Little moves like this Nick Johnson move will very likely be the only moves left, and even those won't happen all that frequently. Thankfully, the FIBA World Cup is coming this year, and will be starting up on August 30.
We should all be thankful for getting so much basketball this summer, especially in Minnesota. The defending champion Lynx are still at it, as recently as last night, when they took the Atlanta Dream to a pair overtimes and pulled out thee 112-108 victory at the Target Center.
Maya Moore had 48 points, and pretty much led the way for the entirety of the game. I'll say it again (I know Eric has said it a lot): this team is worth the watch. Check them out at some point, you very likely won't be disappointed.
Now, onto some music. Now relevance to the date, I've just really been into this band a lot lately. This is, as far as I know, the only music video from their newest album.