Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love, left, and Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah battle for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Updated: July 22, 2014 10:17PM
If the Bulls are back in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, as ESPN reported Tuesday, that would be news to a source close to the situation.
“I would like to know which side let that out,’’ the source said, inferring that it sounded more like the Timberwolves were playing chicken with more serious bidders such as the Warriors and Cavaliers.
The Bulls were one of the first teams to throw a serious package at the Timberwolves in June, headlined by Taj Gibson, Tony Snell and multiple draft picks, but it wasn’t to be.
The attention immediately turned to Carmelo Anthony once free agency began, and while the Bulls never contacted the Timberwolves to let them know they were no longer interested in Love, they haven’t done anything to sweeten the pot.
The signings of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic leave the Bulls with little cap room for a trade, so if there was a move to be made, the money would match up if the Bulls would send Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Snell or Mike Dunleavy.
Doug McDermott wouldn’t be an immediate option after the team announced that he signed his contract early Tuesday afternoon. According to NBA rules, a rookie can’t be traded until at least 30 days after he signs.
According to a Bulls source earlier in the month, any move would be contingent on Love signing an extension past the 2014-15 season, and there were no indications of what number he would be looking for.
Because of Derrick Rose’s contract, the idea of two max contracts on one roster would limit the depth the Bulls have been looking to build.
Besides the McDermott signing, the Bulls also announced that guard Aaron Brooks was officially added to the roster, giving them a proven backup behind Rose and Kirk Hinrich.
“We’re excited to add a player as experienced and talented as Aaron to our group,’’ general manager Gar Forman said in a statement.
McDermott’s signing came in the wake of his being named to the All-Summer League first team as well as the USA Select Team that will compete against Team USA starting next week in Las Vegas.
“We’re very excited about Doug,’’ Forman said. “We love the versatility of his game and his ability to shoot. He’s a fit for our team and organization on many different levels.’’
Butler also was scheduled to join McDermott on the Select Team.