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Roundup: Russell OK, Wiggins for Love?

7/18/2014
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A couple headlines of interest to Boston Celtics fans from Thursday:

Bill Russell taken to hospital, OK after scare

Basketball legend Bill Russell was hospitalized Thursday after feeling faint while giving a speech in Nevada, the Boston Celtics said.

Russell, 80, left the event at the Hyatt Regency resort in Incline Village on a stretcher and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, according to the Celtics.

The Hall of Fame center is "feeling better," the Celtics said, and is expected to fly back to his Seattle-area home as early as Thursday night.

Rapid reaction: Initial reports of Russell collapsing during a speech were concerning, but Russell was doing well later in the day and it's encouraging that he was planning to fly home last night.

Cavs willing to deal Wiggins for Love?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now offering No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in attempts to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love, league sources have confirmed.

The availability of Wiggins could lead to a blockbuster trade that could shift the balance of power in the Eastern Conference and the league as a whole.

The two clubs have been engaged in trade discussions since LeBron James announced he was returning to Cleveland last Friday.

But talks stalled due to the Cavaliers' refusal to include the 19-year-old Wiggins in any trade, as sources said the Timberwolves were unwilling to send Love to Cleveland without receiving the former star Kansas guard in return.

Yahoo! Sports reported that James has reached out to Love since the Cavs' change in thinking.

Rapid reaction: For those Celtics fans clinging to the dream of landing Love this summer, news that Cleveland might be backing off its reluctance to move Wiggins -- the No. 1 pick in this year's draft -- is not good news for Boston. The Celtics can offer a package heavy on rebuilding assets, but nothing quite as glitzy as Wiggins.

Some other quick-hitters of interest to Boston fans:

Glen Davis will stick with old friend Doc Rivers in Los Angeles

Mike Miller is trying to recruit old friend Ray Allen to Cleveland

The Lakers won the amnesty bidding for Carlos Boozer

Delonte West opens up for TrueHoop