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  • Source: Cavaliers to sign top pick Wiggins, could still be traded

  • CLEVELAND — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
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  • CLEVELAND — Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.
    A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days.
    The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cavaliers have been discussing a potential deal that would send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cavaliers for Wigging, Anthony Bennett and other pieces. The person familiar with the talks says Wiggins will sign with Cleveland as early as today. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on its plans.
    The Cavs and Timberwolves have had ongoing discussions about a trade for Love since before Cleveland selected Wiggins first in May. The Timberwolves have always insisted that Wiggins be involved in any package, a stipulation the Cavaliers initially resisted.
    Last week, two people familiar with the discussions said the Cavs were still not willing to include Wiggins in a deal. But as talks continued this week, the Cavaliers have softened their stance on including Wiggins, who played well during the team's summer league in Las Vegas, to try and get superstar LeBron James another veteran All-Star teammate.
    The Cavs have considered acquiring Love and teaming him with James, who recently announced he was returning to Cleveland and signed a two-year, $42.1 million deal with the team. With Love, James and All-Star point guard, Cleveland would have a "Big 3" comparable to what Miami had in James and All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
    Bulls
    Tuesday brought another busy day for the Chicago Bulls, who engaged the Timberwolves about disgruntled All-Star forward Kevin Love while formally announcing the signings of Doug McDermott and Aaron Brooks.
    The Bulls' roster now stands at 12 and has fulfilled general manager Gar Forman's oft-stated offseason goal of becoming deeper.
    Nevertheless, the Bulls continue to monitor the Love trade talks that were placed firmly on the backburner during their free-agent pursuit of Carmelo Anthony. ESPN.com first reported the Bulls' re-engagement.
    It's believed the Timberwolves initially asked for All-NBA center Joakim Noah when the Bulls held preliminary talks regarding Love before the NBA draft in June. The Bulls highly value Noah and consider him a centerpiece.
    The only logical remaining assets for the Bulls to trade are Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and the expiring contract of Mike Dunleavy, as well as future picks. While Butler is due an extension that may prove too lucrative before the 2015-16 season, trading multiple wings would further thin the Bulls at that position.
    Blazers
    Portland Trail Blazers forward Thomas Robinson has undergone surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb.
    Robinson hurt his thumb last week during NBA Summer League play. He is expected to return in time for the Blazers' fall training camp. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 70 games last season with the Blazers.
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