The Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t done yet. After acquiring Jimmy Butler in a blockbuster trade with the Chicago Bulls on draft night and signing key free agents this offseason, the Wolves are reportedly making a serious attempt at adding All-Star Kyrie Irving into the mix. Unfortunately, their reluctance to include blooming wingman Andrew Wiggins to the package remains the biggest roadblock to a deal.

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The report

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reported that the Cavaliers and Wolves engaged in preliminary talks about a trade surrounding Kyrie Irving. The Cavs set things straight right away by demanding Andrew Wiggins as the centerpiece of the trade package. Cleveland also wanted additional assets in the form of another serviceable players and draft picks. And as expected, the Wolves aren’t taking the bait.

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Cavs want to move on from Uncle Drew drama

Despite efforts from owner Dan Gilbert to tone down the impact of Irving's trade request, the Cavaliers are apparently taking steps toward ultimately parting ways with Irving. They want to get the Irving issue resolved before the start of training camp. The Cavs' front office might have finally realized that LeBron can no longer co-exist with, and vice-versa.

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The only resolution to the problem is to come up with a deal that puts the team in position to contend for a title and prepare themselves for LeBron’s potential exit in 2018.

Wolves want to win now

On the other hand, the Wolves’ interest in Irving only shows their desire to contend for a championship starting next season. After a disappointing first year as the team’s head coach and GM, Tom Thibodeau pulled off a series of big moves, starting off with the Butler trade.

Thibs continued to make smart moves into the free agency season, signing veterans Jeff Teague, Jamal Crawford, and Taj Gibson to backup their young corps.

All of a sudden, the Wolves look like a team ready to make some noise in the postseason. However, Thibs has bigger plans in his mind. Irving, who is an outstanding scoring point guard, would be an instant upgrade to Teague and perhaps a better version of MVP-form Derrick Rose in 2011.

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The Wolves' coach always loves guards who can break down defenses and create scoring opportunities for himself and teammates. Irving, despite his defensive issues, can do just that.

Breaking down potential deal

The Wolves seriously want Irving in the fold but not at the expense of Wiggins, who ironically was the price the Cavs paid for the service of Kevin Love. Logically, the deal does make more sense for the Cavs than for the Wolves.

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Cleveland gets rid of a potential chemistry-buster in Irving and at the same time acquires Wiggins, a talented wing who can defend Kevin Durant out on the perimeter. On the contrary, Minnesota gets Irving on a two-year rental by trading away a potential two-way star and a handful of picks – not a good move on paper.

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