Several teams are trying hard to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love either before or during the 2014 NBA Draft.
They want to get Love, one of the 10 best players in the NBA, to not only become a legitimate playoff contender, but possibly one capable of winning a championship.
So far, the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers have been linked to Love. No one may have most assets to acquire Love than the Cavs, who reportedly were cloe to getting him in exchange for the no. 1 overall pick.
As for the C’s, the latest report from the Boston Herald indicates that Boston is still “knocking on the door” about Love, but that door might be “locked.”
“Flip Saunders is growing more entrenched that he should let things play out with his All-Star forward,” Steve Bulpett wrote Wednesday in the Boston Herald, citing sources. Love still plans to opt out of his contract next summer, as expected, but Saunders seems to believe he can convince Love to stay if the Wolves make the playoffs this season.
As for the Cavs, they too could miss out on Love, but only because we won’t re-sign with them when he becomes a free agent next summer.
Cleveland pushed on deal centered on No. 1 pick for Kevin Love, but his refusal to re-sign w/ Cavs has killed talks, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 25, 2014
The Warriors now appear to be the the talented forward’s favorite destination, according to Real GM.
That said, it now appears Golden State isn’t going to get Love either, due to their reluctance to surrender the proper assets.
The Golden State Warriors continue to be reluctant in including Klay Thompson in their trade package for Kevin Love.
At least one member of the Warriors’ front office is so high on Thompson that he wouldn’t trade him in a straight-up deal for Love, according to a source.
It had been believed that the Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves had agreed upon the central parts of a trade with Love and Kevin Martin coming to the Warriors for Thompson and David Lee.
It’s safe to say Love is the hottest name other than LeBron James right now, though it looks questionable that he’ll be moved by the end of the draft.