Tuesday brought another busy day for the 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.
The Cavaliers could package two straight No. 1 overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins and future first-round picks. Yahoo Sports reported Cleveland is seeking additional trade pieces from other teams to comprise salary relief for the Timberwolves.
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 Bulls lost tradable assets when they waived the non-guaranteed contracts of Mike James, Ronnie Brewer and Lou Amundsen when the NBA opened its fiscal year on July 10. The Tribune reported two weeks ago that Nikola Mirotic sought assurances for a long-term commitment from the Bulls before completing his buyout from Real Madrid.
Thus, 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. The Cavaliers are in the lead for Love.
As for McDermott, he signed his rookie scale contract.
"We're very excited about the addition of Doug. We love the versatility of his game and his ability to shoot," Forman said in a statement. "He's a fit for our team and organization on many different levels."
Brooks signed a veteran's minimum exception.
"We're excited to add a player as experienced and talented as Aaron to our group," Forman said.
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