The Cavaliers and Timberwolves better be extremely careful that nothing else leaks about the reported Kevin Love trade to Cleveland, because it could mean the NBA calling the deal off.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported — along with the details of the trade — that Love would be willing to commit to a five-year, $120 million deal when his contract expires after next season.
It is this that has the NBA on edge, because even an implicit agreement would be illegal. Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN report that if this is proven, “it potentially could be grounds for the league to block this trade and dole out punishment to both teams.”
In other words, everyone already knows that Love is headed to the Cavaliers, but nothing can be made official until after Andrew Wiggins, who is included in the deal, is eligible to be traded (30 days after signing his rookie contract). Furthermore, not a peep can come out about Love committing to the Cavaliers long-term.
David Stern made a shocking move a few years ago when he blocked a deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers; will Adam Silver follow in Stern’s footsteps here?
A little tidbit on perhaps why Love wasn’t dealt to the Warriors. Per Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders (h/t FanSided.com), the Warriors would have done a deal before the draft, but Love was not willing to commit long-term to Golden State.