Potential Trade Scenarios Involving Wolves’ All-Star Kevin Love
Sorry Timberwolves fans. It appears Kevin Love’s days in Minnesota are numbered, as the disgruntled All-Star has reportedly told the franchise to trade him or face losing him for nothing via free agency once his contract expires after next season.
This should come as no surprise, as Love and T-Wolves management have clashed in recent years, with owner Glen Taylor even going as far as to question whether Love was truly considered an All-Star, since he’s never led the team to the postseason during his 6 year tenure.
So in honor of these recent developments, we decided to whip out ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine and come up with a few potential deals involving the dissatisfied All-Star.
As always, please feel free to comment and let us know if you have any other suitable trade ideas.
Early Elimination: New York Knicks
While the idea of Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony pairing up in New York sounds great on paper, there’s no way the Timberwolves would actually want to make a trade, simply because they have nothing to offer.
What do I mean by nothing?
No cap space, no future first round draft picks and few valuable assets.
Los Angeles Lakers
Potential Trade: Robert Sacre, Ryan Kelly, 2014 1st Round Pick for Kevin Love (If Pau Gasol leaves)
Since last year we’ve heard rumors floating around about Love’s interest to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now that speculation may actually become a reality, with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak reassuring he’s willing to part ways with their top pick in the 2014 draft, if the price is right.
“Yet, [Mitch] Kupchak maintained his stance from last month’s exit meetings that the Lakers are open toward trading their current first-round pick should they find a suitable offer.” via Los Angeles Daily News‘ Mark Medina
Only one question remains: Do the Wolves feel one top pick in the 2014 draft and an above average rookie are worth trading Kevin Love for?
Potential Trade: Kris Humphries, Kelly Olynyk, 2014 1st Round Pick for Kevin Love
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Celtics are another frontrunner in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, armed with an expected high pick in the upcoming draft and a plethora of young assets.
The Celtics could package promising rookie Kelly Olynyk, along with Kris Humphries for the Wolves’ star, but this all depends on whether or not Love actually has a desire to play in Beantown.
Golden State Warriors
Potential Trade: David Lee, Klay Thompson, 2015 1st Round Pick for Alexey Shved, Kevin Love
If the Timberwolves have no intention of tanking next season, trading with the Warriors makes perfect sense.
Although they don’t have a first round pick to offer in the upcoming draft, the Warriors could package veteran big man David Lee along with one of the best young sharpshooters in Klay Thompson for Kevin Love.
This would guarantee a way shorter rebuild and stability in their starting lineup for years to come, something that most teams can’t even offer.
Potential Trade: Channing Frye, Alex Len, two 2014 1st Round Picks for Kevin Love
Unlike the Warriors, trading with the Phoenix Suns would guarantee a pretty horrible season for the Timberwolves next year.
On the bright side, they would receive 2 first round picks in what’s considered to be one of the best drafts in years, along with promising big man Alex Len, who could eventually become the new face of the franchise if he maximizes his potential.
Potential Trade: Omer Asik, Chandler Parsons, 2014 1st Round Pick for Kevin Love
The odds are stacked against the Houston Rockets at the moment, but if the Wolves really want a stellar young wing to pair next to Kevin Martin, there’s no better option than acquiring forward Chandler Parsons.
Potential Trade: Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy, Tony Snell, Nikola Mirotic, 2014 1st Round Pick for Kevin Love
The Bulls have to like their chances of landing Kevin Love, possessing not only a guaranteed lottery pick but also a plethora of talented players ranging from proven veterans to young prospects.
Trading Gibson, Dunleavy, Snell and Mirotic along with their top pick would fill the Wolves’ needs in the starting lineup and ensure their chances of landing a top-tier talent in the upcoming draft, giving them the best of both worlds.
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