"I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty
clear that that's what he wants to do," Taylor said.
The owner added that he prefers to keep Love in Minnesota.
Aug. 23 is the first day Cavaliers rookie Andrew Wiggins is eligible
to be traded and he is reportedly a key piece in trade proposals
Wiggins, the number one pick in the draft, was signed to a four-year
deal on July 24. NBA rules stipulate that rookies must wait at least
30 days after they sign before they are eligible to be traded.
Wiggins addressed the trade rumors Sunday on ESPN.
"I just want to play for a team that wants me. So whichever team
wants me I'll play for," he said.
Wiggins said he does not take the speculation personally.
"At the end of the day you have to remember that the NBA is a
business before anything. I'm a rookie. I really don't have too much
say," he said.
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban criticized how the NBA allows its
players to compete in international competition while assuming all
the financial risk.
Cuban's comments to ESPN.com on Saturday stem from the serious leg
injury sustained by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George on Friday
night during Team USA's showcase game in Las Vegas as it prepares
for the FIBA World Cup.
"My thoughts go out to Paul," Cuban said. "I really feel for him."
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Cuban was critical of the NBA's agreement with FIBA, which stipulates that
only players can refuse their country's invitation to play for its
national team except for a "reasonable medical concern." The San Antonio
Spurs invoked that clause last week to prevent guard Manu Ginobili from
representing Argentina at the World Cup later this month because of
lingering effects from a stress fracture.
"The (International Olympic Committee) is playing the NBA," Cuban said.
"The IOC is an organization that has been rife with corruption, to the
point where a member was accused of trying to fix an Olympic event in
Salt Lake. The IOC (makes) billions of dollars. They make a killing and
make Tony Soprano look like a saint."
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The Toronto Raptors signed center Lucas Nogueira and guard Will Cherry.
Nogueira averaged 5.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 20.3 minutes in five 2014
NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas. The 7-foot, 220-pounder was the
No. 16 overall pick of the Boston Celtics in the 2013 draft. Cherry
averaged 11.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 30.4 minutes in 18
regular season games (12 starts) with the Canton Charge of the NBA
Development League last season. He was undrafted out of Montana in 2013.
(Editing by Gene Cherry)
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