The Phoenix Suns reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the final hours to determine if there is any interest in considering dealing forward Kevin Love for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, reports ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelbourne.
The reporters say that the Suns’ call was a chance to “ask once more” about such a deal.
The Suns would need to add a lot more to their package to even give the Timberwolves a second thought about pulling the trigger on a three-team deal involving Cleveland and Philadelphia, which is expected to be filed when the clock turns to Saturday, one month from Andrew Wiggins’ signing of his rookie contract. By rule, first-round picks aren’t allowed to be traded for 30 days after signing their first NBA contracts.
Furthermore, Love would have to consider the Suns a favorable landing spot above joining the NBA’s best player and rising All-Star Kyrie Irving.
The inquiry is a hint at just how much Phoenix values Bledsoe, whose relationship with the team has been labeled from irreparable in one report to non-existent by Suns owner Robert Sarver. Though a sign-and-trade seems hard to envision, the Suns dealing for Love seems even more unlikely. The T’Wolves have agreed with the Cavaliers and the 76ers on a three-team deal that will send Love to join LeBron James with the Cavs. Minnesota is expected to receive all three of Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young, though it was previously reported that it would only receive Wiggins and Young.
Bledsoe would need to be joined by additional pieces to make it even mildly tempting for Minnesota.
Also on Friday, the Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro reported the Suns had indeed reached out to at least one team about a Bledsoe sign-and-trade. They have taken calls from others interested in the restricted free agent.
But the Suns’ call to Minnesota would have to lead to the T’Wolves holding off on completing their planned deal. It’s likely this leads nowhere, but it won’t be long before we know for sure.