AKRON, Ohio -- Ever since multi-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James made known his intentions to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after a four-year run with the Miami Heat, rumors have swirled about their chances of landing Minnesota forward Kevin Love in a trade.
Those rumors turned into reports from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that the Cavaliers have a deal in place with the Timberwolves that would bring Love, who has one year remaining on his contract, to Cleveland and send away forwards Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, as well as a future first-round selection.
The report says Bennett, and the future first-rounder, would land in Philadelphia, while Wiggins -- who per league rules cannot be traded until Aug. 23rd -- and Sixers star Thaddeus Young, would head to Minnesota.
"I'm not getting my hopes too high right now because we don't know what could happen between now and the 23rd," James said at his 'Welcome Home LeBron' rally at InfoCision Stadium Friday night. "At the 23rd mark, if he comes on board and signs, I could tell you I'd be very excited to have him."
James and Love have played together in the past, as they were teammates on the 2012 U.S. men's national team that won the Olympic gold medal in London, England. And it was during that experience that James learned Love is far more than just a player who scores 26 points and pulls in 12 rebounds a game.
"I don't really care about the 26 and 12," James said. "I really care about the basketball IQ, and his basketball IQ is very, very high. I had an opportunity to spend 32 days with him on the 2012 Olympic team.
"I always told Kevin Love, 'You're very good, man.' He always thought I was blowing smoke, gassing him a little bit. I always told him, 'He was going to be the reason we won the gold medal,' and he played a huge role for us being undersized with the bigs with just Tyson (Chandler), myself, Melo (Carmelo Anthony) and Kevin Love. I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully, it happens, and everything is done right from a league rule standard. He's a great piece."
James feels adding Love to the Cavaliers' roster would only enhance a core group of young players, including All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, fellow guard Dion Waiters and forward Tristan Thompson.
"For the current guys, I'm excited," James said. "I love Kyrie's game. I think he can be one of the best point guards in our league. I love the chip on Dion's shoulder. Where everyone else looks at it as a negative, I look at it as a positive, and I'm looking forward to getting with him.
"I love how active Tristan is, both running the floor, rebounding, setting screens and finishing at the rim. Obviously, I don't have to comment on Andy (Varejao). If you give me nine Andy's and I'd be the 10th guy, I'd be alright. I could win."