National Basketball Association roundup

Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:15pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Talks between the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves surrounding forward Kevin Love threaten to derail talk of a newly formed 'Big Three' in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers are offering No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins and 2013 top pick Anthony Bennett to acquire Love from the Timberwolves, but Chicago is still in the picture, according to ESPN.

Trade options from the Bulls are likely to be young veterans and former first-round picks Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler. It is not known whether the Bulls would part with sweet-shooting forward Doug McDermott.

Cleveland and Minnesota have been in trade talks since the Cavaliers signed superstar forward LeBron James a week ago. Yahoo Sports reported that James had contacted Love since the Cavaliers decided to include Wiggins in a possible deal.

With a settlement attempt stalled, Donald and Shelly Sterling returned to court Tuesday to continue the trial to decide the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons said in a Los Angeles probate court that coach Doc Rivers would not return for the upcoming season if Donald Sterling still owned the club.

Parsons added that the continued presence of Donald Sterling in ownership would prompt sponsors to distance themselves from the team.

According to multiple media outlets, a meeting with prospective Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was held Monday at Donald Sterling's home. No progress was made in talks geared toward a settlement. All three sides were represented by attorneys, and Ballmer and Donald Sterling attended, though Shelly Sterling was not present.   Continued...

Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) battles for a loose ball with Eastern Kentucky Colonels forward Eric Stutz (42) in the second half during the 2nd round of the 2014 NCAA Men's  Basketball Championship at Scottrade Center. Mar 21, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports