As the Bulls set their sights on Carmelo Anthony, it appeared they had fallen out of the Kevin Love chase. But after missing out on Anthony, the Bulls have made a renewed push for Love, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst:
Sources say that the Bulls, though, have this re-entered the race and would appear to be the biggest threat to the Cavs, thanks largely to the Golden State Warriors' resolute unwillingness to add longtime Wolves target Klay Thompson in a deal.
Although the full extent of the Bulls' offer wasn't immediately known, it is believed Minnesota would seek a package from Chicago featuring forward Taj Gibson and defensive ace Jimmy Butler in addition to other assets. The Bulls shelved their Love interest while trying to sign Carmelo Anthony away from the New York Knicks but, according to sources, have re-emerged as a contender.
Those " other assets" could include players like Nikola Mirotic, Doug McDermott, Tony Snell and Mike Dunleavy (also future picks), although Mirotic can't be traded for about a month since he already signed his deal with Chicago. McDermott and Snell did help their cause with strong Summer League showings, and perhaps they're now more attractive to Minnesota. Or perhaps their strong performances would make the Bulls feel better about giving up Jimmy Butler, especially since he's going to become more expensive in the near future.
Of course, it will be tough to beat any Cavs offer that includes Andrew Wiggins, who has the potential to be a star. The report even says the Cavs are "increasingly optimistic" that they're getting closer to a framework of a deal. Anthony Bennett, a future first-round pick and another player to help match salaries would also be involved from the Cavs' side.
The fact that Wiggins is close to signing his deal with the Cavs could complicate matters, as like Mirotic, he wouldn't be able to be traded for 30 days upon signing. The Bulls could try and strike then, but if the Wolves are dead-set on acquiring Wiggins in a Love trade, they can just wait it out and make the deal later.
I certainly can't blame the Bulls for trying to get back in the Love game. I strongly endorsed it when it looked like the Bulls were going to whiff on Anthony. While the Bulls have a loaded frontcourt rotation with Mirotic, Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol, that shouldn't stop them from trying to acquire a star player.
However, I just can't see this deal going down unless the Cavs officially take Wiggins off the table and the Warriors continue to refuse to give up Klay Thompson. And even then, I still wouldn't expect the Bulls to land Love. This very well could just be the Wolves trying to gain more leverage by forcing the hands of the Cavs and Warriors.
But I can dream otherwise.