NBA could veto Love deal
The NBA could block the trade that results in Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love going to the Cleveland Cavaliers if it is determined that it violates league rules.
According to ESPN, the NBA is monitoring the process in case an illegal agreement is reached between Love and the Cavaliers.
Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday that the Cavaliers have a deal in place to give Love a five-year, $120 million extension, but both teams have been careful in not publicly acknowledging the trade or a contract extension for Love.
According to reports, Cleveland is sending center Anthony Bennett, guard/forward Andrew Wiggins and a future first-round draft pick to Minnesota for Love.
Minnesota will send Bennett, as part of a package of players, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forward Thaddeus Young.
Trade talks can take place, but the deal cannot become official until Aug. 23. Cleveland signed No. 1 draft choice Wiggins on July 24. NBA rules stipulate that draft picks cannot be traded within 30 days of their signing.
The Cavaliers cannot offer Love a contract extension before the deal is official.
If the NBA proves that the Cavaliers and Love agreed to an extension before the deal is official, the league can veto the trade and punish both teams.
Love, 25, averaged 19 points and 12.2 rebounds in six seasons with the Timberwolves but never made the playoffs. In the final year of his rookie contract, Love planned to test the free agent market in July 2015 if he was not traded by the Timberwolves.