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NBA Notebook: Cavaliers’ pursuit of Kevin Love said to sputter

The Timberwolves’ Kevin Love warned the Cavaliers that he’d never sign an extension with them. Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press

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The Timberwolves’ Kevin Love warned the Cavaliers that he’d never sign an extension with them.

The Cavaliers’ pursuit of Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love — which included a package centered on the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft — has sputtered because of Love’s warning he’d never sign an extension with the Cavaliers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

There was no deal structure fully in place, but the Cavaliers had been fiercely determined to secure Love in a trade package, sources said.

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Cleveland was eager to build with Love and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and hoped the pairing could’ve become an incentive for LeBron James to seriously consider a return to the Cavaliers in free agency, sources said.

Through Love’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, Cleveland was warned Love would opt out of his contract in 2015 and never consider the Cavaliers’ offer of a long-term maximum contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Blatt introduced

David Blatt doesn’t consider himself an Israeli coach, European coach or NBA coach. He doesn’t favor offense over defense. ‘‘I'm a basketball coach,’’ he said.

Blatt, who spent the past two decades winning titles across Europe, was introduced as the new coach of the Cavaliers, a team in transition and one preparing to select first in the draft.

Blatt, who grew up in Framingham and played at Princeton, led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague championship this season, and the 55-year-old guided Russia to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

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He was hired last week by the Cavs, who spent 39 days looking to replace Mike Brown, fired following a 33-49 season. After speaking to as many as 11 candidates, the team selected Blatt.

‘‘I have won everywhere I've been,’’ he said, ‘‘and I plan on doing the same here.’’

Chandler a Mav

The Mavericks and the Knicks agreed to a six-player trade that brings center Tyson Chandler back to Dallas three years after he helped it win a championship only to leave right away in free agency. The Mavericks sent guards Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin, and Wayne Ellington and center Samuel Dalembert to the Knicks for Chandler, 31, and point guard Raymond Felton. The Knicks also get both of Dallas’s draft picks Thursday night, a pair of second-round selections at Nos. 34 and 51. New York didn’t have a draft pick before the first major personnel move since Phil Jackson took over as team president. ‘‘The journey to build this team for the upcoming season and beyond continues,’’ Jackson said. ‘‘We have added players with this move that will fit right in to our system while maintaining future flexibility.’’ . . . The Rockets apparently have taken the first step toward making a run at James. A person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that Houston has agreed to trade Omer Asik and cash to the Pelicans for a first-round draft pick. The person requested anonymity because the deal cannot be completed until July because of rules in the collective bargaining agreement. The deal gives the Rockets some of the cap space needed to possibly go after James or Carmelo Anthony. They also will have to trade Jeremy Lin at some point to free up enough room. The deal also gives the Pelicans a top-flight defensive big man to pair with rising star Anthony Davis.

Anthony sets visits

ESPN.com reported that Anthony has decided to visit the Rockets, Mavericks, and Bulls once teams are allowed to meet with free agents on July 1, according to league sources . . . Sources told ESPN.com that much like they did before signing with the Heat in 2010, James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh got together for a meeting to discuss their futures on Wednesday . . . Another ESPN.com report, citing a league source, stated that all indications are that ex-Celtic Kevin Garnett, 38, is preparing to return for another season with the Brooklyn Nets, which would be his 20th season in the league.

Gay exercises option

Kings forward Rudy Gay has exercised his $19.3 million player option for next season. The Kings also announced they have extended a qualifying offer to point guard Isaiah Thomas to make him a restricted free agent. Gay averaged 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 55 games for Sacramento after being acquired in a trade from the Toronto Raptors . . . The Jazz have extended a qualifying offer to forward Gordon Hayward, making him a restricted free agent . . . Nick Young has opted out of his contract with the Lakers to test free agency.

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