Kevin Love Trade Rumors: What NBA Team Leads the Pack?
Kevin Love is a wanted man. In a good way, of course. The star forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves has been fairly outspoken about “wanting out”, while Flip Saunders being named head coach apparently hasn’t changed a thing.
While it’s not obvious right now as to where Love would wish to play or who is willing to give up the most for him, it’s been made known that as many as 16 teams have expressed serious interests in the star forward. In fact, as many as 16 teams have already reportedly made tangible offers.
Whether any of those offers carry enough weight to be taken seriously is up for debate. After all, Love is still under contract with Minnesota for 2015, so any team trying to trade for him now would probably want to have a pretty good idea that Love is with them for the long haul.
No one wants a one-year disaster rental like the Los Angeles Lakers had with Dwight Howard just a couple of years ago.
So, which landing spots seem logical?
Love did just have a nice visit with the Boston Celtics, but without a ton to offer in trade talks, it may not be the type of trade that works best for both sides.
It appears that Love wants to both win and get paid, while the team trading for him will want a long-term deal on the table as part of the deal, if at all possible.
The Celtics, Kings, Bulls, Suns, Lakers, Warriors and Rockets appear to be the top teams in contention for his services, but it’s arguable we could rule out the Celtics and Kings for various reasons. The Suns, Warriors and Rockets all absolutely have the pieces to entice a trade from the T’Wolves, while they all are close to building an elite winner. Love could view himself as the final piece to the puzzle and sign on for the long-term.
With that said, several reports have made it clear he wants that “big city” element, instead of just being a “big fish in a small pond” like he has been in Minnesota. That makes the Lakers a realistic contender, especially when you add in that Love played at UCLA during his college days.
While all of this is interesting, Minnesota has remained steadfast in their denial that they’re even open to trading Love. The team clearly is still holding out hope that they can do enough to convince Love that Minnesota is committed to winning and that this is where he belongs.
It might take more convincing, though, as winning with the Bulls or Rockets would be enticing in the short-term and being a mega star in Boston or L.A. is going to be attractive for the long-term.
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