Report: Bulls making push to acquire Kevin Love


The Chicago Bulls are making a push to acquire All-Star forward Kevin Love, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are firmly in the lead to acquire Kevin Love but the Chicago Bulls are making a renewed push to get into the trade mix for the All-Star power forward, according to sources close to the process.

…Sources say that the Bulls, though, have re-entered the race and would appear to be the biggest threats to the Cavs, thanks largely to the Golden State Warriors’ resolute unwillingness to add longtime Wolves target Klay Thompson in any 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 Cavaliers are reportedly signing Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick, to his rookie contract as early as Wednesday, which means he cannot be involved in a trade for 30 days after signing the deal.

The packages the Cavaliers have been offering the Timberwolves for Love have included Wiggins’ projected salary-cap number of $5.5 million, which can only be factored into the trade if he’s under contract.

The Bulls have added Pau Gasol and Aaron Brooks this offseason, and have also signed Nikola Mirotic, a 2011 draftee playing in Europe, re-signed Kirk Hinrich and amnestied Carlos Boozer.

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