Updated 04:35 AM EST, Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Kevin Love Update: The NBA Star Pulls Out of Team USA; Trade Updates, Latest Rumors, Where Will the Basketball Star End Up?

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The Kevin Love saga continues now that Love has pulled out of the U.S. National basketball team due to his current spot being stuck in trade limbo.

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed Andrew Wiggins to a four-year contract, which means that they will have to wait 30 days to trade the player.

While the Cavaliers and Timberwolves have been in constant discussion about a trade, the move to sign Wiggins signifies that no resolution will be met any time soon.

The Timberwolves have expressed interest in Thaddeus Young of the Philadelphia 76ers as a viable replacement for Kevin Love. Young is arguably one of the best players on the erratic 76ers lineup, but the team would trade away Young if offered the right assets.

Young by himself will not be enough for the Timberwolves to trade away Love, but if the Cavaliers can insert themselves and make a three team trade, the odds are in their favor.

Philadelphia has shown over the past few seasons that no player is out of reach. They traded away Andre Iguodala and then Jrue Holliday the next season, which means that Philadelphia makes sense as a trading partner for both Cleveland and Minnesota.

The 30 day standstill between the Timberwolves and Cavaliers could present an opening for the Golden St. Warriors to pounce. Although they have not been eager to part with their young star Clay Thompson, when push comes to shove, the Warriors must ask themselves how much they want Love.

Analysts still contend that the Cavaliers and Timberwolves will eventually reach an agreement. The two teams are pinned against each other for leverage. If Love is not traded, he will leave the Timberwolves with nothing next season.

The Timberwolves could be stubborn and prolong the trade, forcing Cleveland's hand into giving up something that they don't want to.

Love not playing for Team USA is a calculated move that will be used to keep him away from a possible injury. If Love were to suffer an injury, his trade value would greatly decrease and the Timberwolves would suffer on the market.

Eventually some agreement will be reached, but it will be likely to involve a third trading partner. Cleveland is hot on Love, and they've already shown that they are willing to trade away the No. 1 pick in the draft to acquire him.     

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