The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a blockbuster trade centered on Kevin Love and the league's past two No. 1 draft picks, league sources told ESPN.
In an attempt to add All-Star Love, the Cavaliers are willing to part with Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a 2015 first-round pick. At one point, a trade seemed close to happening, but Minnesota wants more than Cleveland is currently offering, sources said.
Wiggins and Bennett were held out of Cleveland's Las Vegas summer league finale against Miami on Friday night.
The Timberwolves are also engaged in talks with the Warriors, who are dangling David Lee and Harrison Barnes. Washington re-signed veteran forward Drew Gooden to a one-year deal. New Orleans agreed to terms with former Sacramento guard Jimmer Fredette, two sources said. Udonis Haslem signed a two-year, $5.6 million deal to remain with Miami. Also, Shabazz Napier signed his rookie deal. The first-round draft pick from UConn will make $1.2 million this season.
Minnesota will suspend special teams coordinator Mike Priefer without pay for three games this season and donate $100,000 to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights groups, in response to former punter Chris Kluwe's allegations of anti-gay remarks made by Priefer. Kluwe first accused Priefer and other team officials of punishing him for his outspoken support of gay marriage. Kluwe, who was let go before the 2013 season, still intends to sue the team for discrimination. Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the league say teams kept handing out painkillers and other drugs with few -- if any -- safeguards as recently as 2012. That extends by four years the time frame for similar claims made in the original complaint and could open the door to a criminal investigation. "On flights home," said Brett Romberg, who played in the league from 2003-11, "the trainers walked up and down the aisle and you'd hold up your hand with a number of fingers to show how many pills you wanted." The DEA declined comment. Five ex-players, including former Pro Bowl defensive end Neil Smith, are suing the union in U.S. District Court for not providing accurate information about the risk of head injuries. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a Toronto group that has retained a banking firm and submitted paperwork expressing interest in buying the Buffalo Bills, sources said. It's unclear if the group wants to move the team to Toronto.
Laura Diaz shot a 2-under 69 for a three-stroke lead over Lydia Ko (67) and Lee-Anne Pace (68) at the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Diaz was at 11-under 131 at Highland Meadows. Pleasanton native Paula Creamer (71) was at 143, while U.S. Open winner Michelle Wie (76-150) missed the cut by seven strokes. Stanford amateur Mariah Stackhouse (73-144) also missed the cut. The Florida Panthers re-signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a three-year deal for a reported $13 million. Columbus Crew defender Josh Williams (rib) and midfielder Fifi Baiden (hip) will undergo surgery that will sideline them for extended periods. Australia's Hamilton Island Yacht Club withdrew as the Challenger of Record in the America's Cup. The move came six days after competitors met in Los Angeles to air their concerns. Among them are costs and unhappiness that San Francisco was eliminated as host city. Oracle Team USA will decide between Bermuda and San Diego as the 2017 host.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.