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The Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have reopened trade talks for All-Star forward Kevin Love, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
With most of the NBA in Las Vegas for summer league games, the two sides have had a chance to meet face-to-face to talk about a deal mentioned as a possibility for more than a month. The person requested anonymity because both teams are not publicly commenting on trade discussions.
Timberwolves president and coach Flip Saunders was seen talking to Warriors GM Bob Myers at the arena on Sunday as the two sides look to bridge the gaps that caused discussions to stall. The Warriors have been reluctant to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in any package, which has been considered a deal-breaker for the Timberwolves.
It remained unclear if the Warriors have changed their position on Thompson in the new talks.
The Timberwolves also have been talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who so far have been unwilling to include Andrew Wiggins in any offer.
The Warriors and Wolves have been talking about Love, a three-time All-Star who can opt out of his contract at the end of next season, since well before the draft last month. So far, the Warriors have discussed veteran forward David Lee, reserve swingman Harrison Barnes and future draft picks as potential compensation for Love.
But Saunders has been adamant that Thompson, a 24-year-old shooter who plays a huge role in the Warriors' perimeter defense alongside fellow "Splash Brother" Stephen Curry in the backcourt, be the main piece coming back to get him to part with Love.
Love has yet to make the playoffs in six years with the Timberwolves and told the team he will look to join a contender when he can become a free agent next season.
Saunders has said he'd have no issues keeping Love, making a couple of moves to improve a roster that finished 10th in the West last season and trying to make a playoff run to convince the face of the franchise he should stay in Minnesota.
That strategy worked for the Portland Trail Blazers with LaMarcus Aldridge, and the Wolves believe Love could change his mind if enough improvements are made. The Wolves also can pay Love about $26.5 million more than any other team.
- CSN Bay Area
Derrick Rose was named as one of the 19 players who will participate in the upcoming national team mini-camp July in Las Vegas prior to the FIBA World Cup, USA Basketball announced Monday morning.
Despite Rose previously telling Yahoo! Sports last month that he was uncertain that he would participate, it was always believed that the former league MVP would try out for the team, something bolstered by not only the comments of Bulls head coach and national-team assistant Tom Thibodeau shortly thereafter, but USA Basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski in a conference call Monday.
“Well, we'd like to see him play like the Derrick of old, one of the best players in the world, an MVP in the NBA," Krzyzewski said. "What we've heard is he's in great shape. We'll see how he'll do in five-on-five; on the fifth day we'll do intra-squad. Hopefully he's going to be in top shape. Derrick's a great player, a great guy. I know representing his country in Istanbul as one of our starting guards was a great experience for him. Hopefully this will be a launching pad for him to have a great NBA season.”
That is what occurred in 2010, when Rose played on USA Basketball’s FIBA World Championships team that won a gold medal, in a prelude to his NBA MVP season. This time around, the point guard is coming back from his second season-ending knee surgery and will compete players at his position such as Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and Portland’s Damian Lillard, all of whom became All-Stars during Rose’s last few injury-plagued campaigns.
According to reports, Washington’s John Wall could later be invited to try out, further increasing the competition between young floor generals. However, Rose’s close friend Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City declined to participate, which makes sense, given his own knee injuries, including three surgeries in the recent past.
Other players who are slated to be in Las Vegas for the opening of the training camp, which begins July 28 and concludes with an Aug. 1 intra-squad scrimmage on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, are big men DeMarcus Cousins of the Kings, Chicago native Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, Pistons center Andre Drummond, Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried, Clippers power forward Blake Griffin and Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love. Invited wing players include Washington shooting guard Bradley Beal, Toronto swingman DeMar DeRozan, reigning league MVP Kevin Durant of the Thunder, Pacers small forward Paul George, Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward, Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver, newly-acquired Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons and Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson.
-- Aggrey Sam, CSNChicago.com
Coach Mike Krzyzewski hopes Derrick Rose's NBA comeback begins in a USA uniform. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers from London, and there were new additions of Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas. Players will report to training camp this month in Las Vegas, where Rose will try to show he's recovered from his latest knee surgery. ''What we've heard is that he's in great shape.'' The rest of the roster: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Paul George (Indiana), Damian Lillard (Portland), Gordon Hayward (Utah), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Bradley Beal (Washington), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Kenneth Faried (Denver) and Kyle Korver (Atlanta).
The Utah Jazz have acquired veteran forward Steve Novak from Toronto in exchange for guard Diante Garrett. The Jazz also received the rights to New York's second-round draft pick in 2017 as part of the deal, which was struck last Friday but formally announced by Utah on Thursday per league rules. The 6-foot-10 Novak has a .432 3-point percentage over his eight-year career, second only to Golden State's Stephen Curry (.440) among active players. Novak was acquired by Toronto in a deal last July that sent forward Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks in exchange for Novak, Quentin Richardson, Marcus Camby, and future draft picks.