The Minnesota Timberwolves have had no shortage of suitors for Kevin Love, who told the team about a month ago that he would not be signing an extension with them when his contract expires after this season.
With the NBA Draft just six days away, trade talks have been heating up as teams focus in on which players they would like to target. This likewise means that the Love talks have intensified, and it appears that the Timberwolves have focused in on a potential deal with the Golden State Warriors that would send Love west.
In the trade, the Warriors would send Klay Thompson and David Lee to the Timberwolves in exchange for Love and Kevin Martin. ESPN is reporting that one of the sticking points in the negotiations is the inclusion of a future first round pick, which Golden State is hesitant to give up at this time. The Timberwolves are also said to be interested in Harrison Barnes, although Thompson is likely their preferred choice.
The Denver Nuggets recently got themselves into the mix, offering Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and the No. 11 pick for Love and Martin. One of the issues there is that it’s unclear if Love would sign a long-term deal with the Nuggets, which is an assurance every team wants before making the move.
The Boston Celtics have the most assets in terms of picks, with the No. 6 and No. 17 pick in this year’s draft as well as multiple first round selections in three of the next four drafts. However, the best players they can offer Minnesota are Jeff Green, Kelly Olynyk, and Jared Sullinger. Minnesota is said to want both picks and players that can help them win now, which will make it likely that Boston would have to pull a third team into the deal if they are to make it happen.
For now, the Chicago Bulls appear to be focusing their efforts on Carmelo Anthony, and have not done much on the Love trade front. Depending on what Melo decides, though, the Bulls could very well become players in the Love sweepstakes before all is said and done.
With so many parties involved and so many moving pieces, this situation is incredibly fluid. Superstar players don’t become available often, and teams will do whatever they can to bring Love to their franchise. Deals can come together very quickly, so stay tuned.
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