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Report: Lakers, Mavericks target Kevin Love in trade, “no way” Minnesota does that at deadline

Feb 18, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

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When the Lakers talk about all that cap space they have, they are talking more about 2015 than 2014 (unless LeBron has a radical change of heart and wants to come West). The Lakers are known to covet Kevin Love. The Mavericks, Knicks and other teams also will target Love in 2015 when he can (and likely will) opt out and become a free agent.

However, it looks like the Lakers and Mavericks are not waiting, reports Ken Berger of, they are targeting now.

The Lakers and Mavericks are trying to assemble trade offers for prospective free agent Kevin Love, but thus far the Timberwolves have given no indication they’ll consider moving the All-Star forward by Thursday’s deadline, league sources told

Actually, “no indication” is being too kind. Flip Saunders was brought in as the Minnesota decision maker specifically because former GM David Kahn had a bad relationship with Love (he is why Love pushed for and got an out in 2015 from his contract extension). Saunders has forged a better relationship with Love, but Minnesota also is not winning and the feeling around the league remains that he is likely to bolt if the Timberwolves do not have a Portland-like turnaround next season.

Saunders isn’t going to give up on that, Berger notes.

According to a person familiar with Saunders’ strategy, he has indicated there is “no way” he will trade Love by Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline.

However, don’t be shocked if the two sides revisit the issue at the draft or this summer.

As Berger notes and I’ll confirm from sources I know, most people around the league think the Lakers have the inside track to land Love as a free agent in 2015. His agent Jeff Schwartz wants him in a major market and as the face of a contender; the Lakers are certainly an iconic franchise in a major market with a history of contending for titles. Love knows the market and played at UCLA. Other teams are likely to make a run at Love, but the Lakers are considered the favorites to land him.

If Saunders decides he’s not going to be able to keep Love (or if Love’s people are up front and tell Saunders through back channels he is out in 2015) then he has to make a deal. Only teams that believe they can re-sign Love will get in on the bidding and the Lakers are one of them.

Right now at the deadline the Lakers have Pau Gasol’s expiring $19.3 million contract but they do not have a first round pick they can trade for several years (the Lakers own their 2014 but can’t trade it (you can’t trade picks in consecutive years). This summer Gasol will be a free agent and while maybe the two sides can explore a sign-and-trade Gasol will have other options.

Just something to watch. Saunders’ hand may be forced and the Lakers will want to talk.

It’s just not happening at the deadline.

  1. eureca323 - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Im sure teams are asking about Love but its unlikely there is any real traction. From Lakers standpoint if they had a shot at him in a trade it would be more likely around the draft or beyond. When they can trade whoever they draft in the 2014 draft without having to receive a 1st rounder in return which they would if they traded the pick now.

    If im the Lakers though if I get someone really good in the draft I wouldn’t trade him away when Kevin Love is gonna be a free agent in 2015. And you potentially will have cap space to sign him outright.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Zach Lowe talked about it. The trouble for the Wolves is that most people believe that Love will either decide to stay with the Wolves or join the Lakers as a free agent.

      That’s a problem because non-Lakers teams are nervous about making a big offer for a guy who might bolt to LA. Meanwhile, the Lakers have every reason to be patient figuring they can sign him outright with their ample cap space without having to sacrifice a lottery pick in a good draft.

      So I think the Wolves are stuck doing all they can to try to make a case for Love staying because they’re not going to get great trade offers.

      • JHathwell - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        I disagree with Zach’s assessment. It’s more complicated than that. Whoever has his by the end of last season will have his Bird rights, which means they can give him 30 million more than any other team. Will Love, who has openly bitched and moaned about Minnesota not giving him the full max a few years ago, be OK with taking 30m less?

        This might force the Lakers to trade for him next year and not take their chances, and they’d likely have to give up their lottery pick to get him.

      • av416 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        Casualcommenter— Your bang on. The way I see it the Lakers are in prime position for the draft this year because outside Kobe they have no idea who will be on the roster, truly allowing them to take the best player available in a very deep draft. I am scared Kupchak will feel the pressure around draft time and make a deal to trade for Love, which is the ideal for Minnesota (assuming he’s gone in 2015). The best move for the Lakers is to hold back this offseason unless they can be sure their signings are long term fixtures in LA so that they can be assured they have the cap space to sign Love outright and pair him with Kobe and whoever we take in 2014.

      • sellahh - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Man, if the Lakers do this trade I’m done with this franchise until Kobe leaves.
        Love is widely rumoured to be willing to join Lakers in 2015. Yeah sure, let’s trade a top5 pick, a possible star on a rookie contract for no defense playing big.

      • Professor Fate - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:56 AM

        Bottom line: If Love is determined to become a Laker then the ‘Wolves are over a barrel. If they try to hold onto him and he leaves anyway they get nothing. If they agree to a trade there is the very good possibility the Lakers low-ball them knowing Love will just split in ’15. And you’re right: If other teams are convinced Love wants to go to the Lakers they won’t waste time or bodies going after someone who might leave them, too.

      • Professor Fate - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:58 AM

        Mitch Kupchak makes the moves, not Jim Buss. The Lakers aren’t going to offer much for a guy when they can wait a year and get him for nothing.

  2. JHathwell - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    The key to this is if the Lakers are going to be dumb and deal whoever they draft for Love so they can have his Bird rights and pay him the max, or will they keep the pick and make him take 30m less.

    Sad to say I can see them doing the former, and that’s gonna hurt their ability to build a contender around the overrated Love.

    • ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      I agree I think he is slightly overrated. See below.

      • kb2408 - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Yeah, he’s slightly overrated on a team with very little help and every opponent game plans to stop him but they still can’t! I’ll take his overrated self on my beloved LAKERS right now and make him the face of the franchise after Kobe retires!

      • av416 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        I know Minnesota is obsolete in many ways…but have you or JHathwell watched Kevin Love play this season…just once even? Do so and you wouldn’t be posting such jargon.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      I think Love would sacrifice the extra $30 million to get to play in a large media market like LA and ensure the Lakers have a competitive roster.

      He’s already been getting some media endorsements like Reebok and Taco Bell despite playing in a small media market and on a lottery team. Those endorsement opportunities would take off if he joined the Lakers.

      Combine that with the fact that he’s said he desperately wants to start winning, and I could see him letting the Lakers keep their assets in order to ensure he joins a more talented team, if he does end up going to the Lakers, which isn’t guaranteed.

  3. bchapman2011 - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Better yet if you are the Lakers why in the world would you want to do a trade right now? Why would they trade what little assets they have when they can just sign Love when he is a free agent? Why would they trade for a player that is going to improve their team right now thus ruining their chances at a top 5 pick this year? Look what happened to the Knicks when they sent all of their assets to the Nuggets for Anthony. Had they just waited until the summer and signed him on the market they would be a very competitive team right now.

  4. ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    I’m still not convinced KLove brings enough defense to get close to a championship. Sir Charles, Timmy, Garnett… all monsters on D, as well as elite offensive players.

    Love, Aldridge…today’s “best” PFs don’t play enough defense.

    • ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Forgot the Mailman. He was a Beast on D

    • kb2408 - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Dude, what “Sir Charles” are you referring to?! It must be Charles Oakley because Sir Charles Barkley was not a “monster on D” by any stretch of the imagination. Love will be just fine on defense. He will just need a defensive minded center for him to be most effective. But I will take 25 and 12, or whatever ridiculous stats he has this season, any day of the week!

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        He was pretty small for a PF. When he was energized and motivated he could play solid enough defense. He may not have been a monster but he wasn’t terrible.

      • kb2408 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:07 PM

        @asimonetti88….small for a PF or not, Sir Charles was a turrible defender and he would probably even say so himself. But, like with Love, who cares if you’re not a defensive stopper when you’re going for 25 and 12 every single night?!!

      • garyknowz1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        I tend to agree, but “defense’ is such an amorphous term. If ‘defense’ is steals and blocks, then yes. But if a player is a prolific rebounder, then it allows the team to capitalize in transition, and perhaps should be noted as a defensive skill. On the other hand, should the defender have allowed the shot to be launched at all? So it’s a tough call. I think Love would be a good acquisition, but only with very good defensive, active guards. Active hands make for low percentage shots. Too bad there isn’t a skill that quantifies that.

      • aboogy123456 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        I think he’s absolutely right that Love can’t be the best player on a championship team. I see love as being a key piece to a championship team, but he’s not going to average 25 and 12 with talent around him, it would just not be best for the team. He’s a bit overrated but I still would want him on the lakers. He can stretch the floor with his three point shooting and he rebounds and passes very well.

    • mvshark - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Hey ihate….You bring up Sir Charles and championships in the same sentence? He never won a championship…so his bestiality on the defensive end is moot, according to what you want or expect of Love.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Love is better than Melo at defense and in the spread between his offense and his defense.

      Love’s career Offensive Rating is 117 (higher the better).
      Melo’s career Offensive Rating is 108

      Love’s career Defensive Rating is 106
      Melo’s career Defensive Rating is 107

      These are points these players score per 100 possessions on offense and points they ALLOW those they’re defending to score per 100 possessions.

      Plus Love’s spread is much better as he accounts for 9 more points per 100 possessions than he gives up on defense.

      Melo scores a lot because he shoots a lot, a volume scorer. And his matador defense means Melo only provides one more point from his offense than he gives up on the defensive end…

      Plus, MeBrick is is several years older than Love. At this point, gotta take Love over MeHog…

    • antistratfordian - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      Sir Charles was a monster on D? Ha. No. And as Barkley once said himself, “As long as Larry Bird is in the league, I will only be the second-worst defender.”

  5. asimonetti88 - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Like P Diddy once said, You Gets No Love

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Take that, take that!

      • money2long - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        i thought i told you that we won’t stop eh eh eh eh

    • spthegr8 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      You know we had to do the remix right..???

  6. kb2408 - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Whether it is now or later, K. Love is wearing the PURP AND GOLD….

    • strictlythedanks - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      The Vikings do need a qb. Plus K Loves got a cannon on him.

    • jkmamc - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      He will be an awesome tight end for the Vikings!!! To bad LA.doesn’t have an NFL team he could play for. KLove’s Minnesota all the way to an nba championship and an NFL title. Govenor Love 2030.

  7. timb12 - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Is this such a done deal? I get he wants to be the face and LA is an attractive place to play, but how did going to a major market work out for Carmelo? It’s not a done deal that if he goes to the Lakers that they’ll compete. They have no one on the books so they’ll have no pieces. He’ll be basically starting from scratch. It just doesn’t seem that appealing, but I’m sure after living in Minnesota, the location would be worth it.

    • kb2408 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      Uhh, hello, as of right now the LAKERS have the 6th pick in the draft! I believe that will be a very nice piece for the immediate future.

      • timb12 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        Yeah and there’s still time to get a couple of nice pieces, but I don’t really see them becoming a contender immediately after they get him.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        Because draft picks ALWAYS work out.

      • money2long - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        it’s an asset as of right now

  8. wiskybuck - Feb 18, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    If Stern was still in charge, he’d make it happen.

  9. JHathwell - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    If the Lakers manage to get Westbrook and Love they’ll be contenders. If it’s just Love, they’ll be a mediocre to slightly above average team at best. There is simply no proof that Love is the type of player who can lead a franchise. As a #2 option he’s likely going to be awesome but as the #1 guy?

    Not so much.

    • bougin89 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      So they are targeting Westbrook in the 2017 offseason after having acquired Love in 2015? This is really the plan for the Lakers? That’s a good plan?

  10. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    He is a really solid player but max money no thanks. Watching him at the all start game it seemed like he was the JV player in comparison to the other guys. I hope the Knicks dont splurge for him

    • dollasnsense - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      You’re basing your evaluation of a player on how he played in a meaningless all-star game?… lol

  11. kb2408 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Some of you dudes are hilarious!! The fact of the matter is, unless you have LaMarcus or Blake, Love is better than your team’s power forward. And he might be better than those two as well. No single player is going to carry a team to a title by himself. Why do you think LBJ left the Cavs? But Love is a very good building block and exactly what the LAKERS need. And he’s the type of player other players will want to play with.

    • ddawgs21 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      I would take Love over both Blake and LaMarcus!

  12. ProBasketballPundit - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Kevin Love to the Nets for Brooklyn’s 2019, 2021, and 2023 first round picks.

    • bougin89 - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      And the right to swap first round picks in 2020, 2022, 2024.

  13. rlj1010 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Kevin Love’s uncle is MIKE LOVE…. vocalist for the most quintessential SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA band of all time…. The Beach Boys.

    Playing for the Lakers makes sense!

  14. mikeymo74 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Love will be leaving Minnesota. It’s only a question of whether it’s this year or next. Minnesota better start looking seriously at what it can get in return because if they wait too long, they will be getting nothing. And considering how they can’t get anyone up there from free agency, that’s simply unacceptable.

  15. onbucky96 - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    So the Lakers want your best player and offer up a bag of magic beans. Who do they think they are, the Yankees?

    • money2long - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      worked out for jack

  16. sumkat - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    It’s not happening before the deadline, the Lakers just don’t have the chips. If Saunders puts Love on the market, he will get a better offer from someone else just hoping they can resign him (For god’s sake, the Lakers just got Howard basically for the off chance Bynum would want to play, then want to re-sign in Philly, Love is 10x the player Bynum is). Even if they aren’t sure they can re-sign him, I think they’d get at least a half dozen offers better than what the Lakers can put together

    But, I could see something happening after the draft (There isn’t a rule against trading a player AFTER you pick him, is there?), where they have a deal where the Wolves basically make the Lakers pick, then get the player later. But they won’t have that expiring Gasol contract to add in either. But right now, even with a 3 team trade, they’d need to find a team willing to give up enough to net Love from the Wolves just for Gasol’s contract. If that deal was out there, they’d of made it already

    My guess is, in reality, the Lakers kicked the tires on this because they are trying to move Gasol’s contract anywhere for something decent, so they figured “why not?”. The Mavs kicked the tires because, they are the Mavs, Cuban tries to get everybody. Again, I don’t the pieces there. There are enough teams (and will be even more after the season when “tanking season” is over), that are ready to try to take that next step, and have more to give up (Toronto, Sac, NYK, and a few others seem to be looking to add, the first 2 have much more in terms of picks/young guys), and after the picks shape up, and guys aren’t in a spot where they think they are getting a sure fire franchise guy (probably top 5 this year), those other picks may become available. If you are a team looking to rebuild, and you aren’t sure you can do it with the 7-8 pick, Love would make a heck of a substitute.

    After the season, I could see teams like Boston, Philly (2 picks is NO isn’t a top 5), Detroit, Orlando, Charlotte and Orlando taking a look at a deal for him, if they don’t like where they wind up in the draft. If you can get Love for the 8 pick and change, they may be willing to take that risk (first 3 on that list are relatively “large market”). All of those teams, IMO, could put together a better package than the Laker or Mavs

    • sumkat - Feb 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Sry, 2nd Orlando in the last Paragraph should of been Cleveland

    • therealhtj - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Love’s not resigning with any of those teams. They’d be morons to trade for him.

    • jr2317 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      It will take a LOT more than just the #8 pick in a stacked draft. We got 3 picks plus a young Al Jefferson in the KG deal and Love is far better at a younger stage then KG was. I sure s*** don’t want that ridiculous Gasol contract as he’s on the downside not worth $8M much less $19M. The Lakers blew it with Cleveland trying to want something even though it was a sweet deal for both sides financially. Greed bit them in the a**. While Kahn’s #1 stupid move is drafting Flynn over Steph Curry this Love contract blunder will certainly surpass that should he leave anytime soon. I’m not so certain Love will be gone as Pek is an All-Star, Rubio COULD be an All-Star if he learned to shoot but with the rumor of Andre Miller coming via trade on paper they could be sweet. Do fire the training staff as they can’t seem to keep anyone healthy which makes the playoffs all but impossible.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      yes, Kevin Love wants to get out of Minnesota so he can play for the Bobcats

  17. mackcarrington - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    My god! It just occurred to me that Love just might be the ind of “big” that Mike D’Antoni likes, and would play well in his kind of system. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the head!

    • money2long - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      would Love love playing for him … that is the question

      • mcfleezy12 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        To shoot from long distance? I’d say yeah, he’ll like Mike D.

  18. billtetley53 - Feb 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    I see the nitwit kb2408 is making a fool out of himself again.(surprise surprise)

    Barkley wasn’t a great defender, but he was far from “terrible”.

    He’s second all time in steals at the power forward position, was a very good shot blocker fir his height and was a great defensive rebounder. Far from terrible on defense.
    I’m not surprised at all that you know nothing on this subject, you’ve proven it time and again on this site that your knowledge is very limited when it comes to basketball. But here you are, making a fool out of yourself yet again.

    If Love winds up in L.A.(huge if) Love+Kobe+lets say drafting Gordon+ d league rest of roster= 10 seed in the west.
    No 2015 draft pick, no tradeable assets, approximately 42 million tied up in Live and Kobe……how do they improve.?

  19. campcouch - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Another Lakers or Knicks pilfer a small market team story. I guess it’s hard for them to draft players and develop them. I hope the T-Wolves pull a okie-doke and trade him to Philly lol.

    • Professor Fate - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      Lakers or Knicks “pilfering a small market team?” I seem to recall a time when ex-Celtic Kevin McHale was the GM of the ‘Wolves. Didn’t he send Kevin Garnett off to Boston for basically nothing in return?

      A) A “small market” team can be successful, it just takes decent management (and making sure the guy you have running the team isn’t still loyal to another franchise), and
      B) Why risk the investment of drafting and developing a player who may or may not pan out if you can trade for what you think you need?

      Despite all the convoluted maneuvering the league has done lately to try and “level the playing field” so smaller markets can compete with the inherent advantages of larger markets, the simple fact is that most players will gravitate to the bright(er) lights. The Kevin Durants of the big leagues are few and far between. No matter what Saunders says now everyone knows he isn’t stubborn enough to let Love leave without something in return.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      Lakers drafted and developed a couple guys named Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Andrew Bynum who turned out alright.

  20. irvfin3 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Why is there so much speculation that Love goes to the Lakers? What if their results next season are similar to this one even with Kobe back and what’s up with their cap space this and next year?

    • Professor Fate - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      A) It’s the Lakers
      B) Love is familiar with L.A. (played at UCLA)
      C) Plenty of cap space coming to sign other players
      D) Huge endorsement upside (to say nothing of potential business contacts)
      E) Opportunity to be the face of the league’s premier franchise
      F) Weather
      G) It’s the Lakers

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      “Why is there so much speculation that Love goes to the Lakers”

      It’s 27 degrees right now in Minneapolis, and it’s 56 degrees with a high of 70 in LA today

  21. mnsadsportsfan - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Flip do not be stubborn and wind up empty handed. Adleman looks like he is gonna retire shop rubio and love gotta blow it up.. Again i know it hurts. Thanks Kahn

  22. phillysports1 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Thad Young, turner, hawes and first round draft pick ( New Orleans ) projected top 12
    For Kevin Love ..Draft Jabari Parker and make a splash at the free agency and we will have a championship team !

    I know Minnesota wouldn’t do such a thing, Put then again , it’s Minnesota .

  23. filone17 - Feb 19, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    If I’m Minnesota, I’m pushing hard to get the Clippers in on the bidding all the while giving Kevin Love the “Chris Paul dupe”. “Hey….the Clippers are an LA team too and we have a better core than the Lakers. We’re contending for a title and have the leagues best point guard” Of course the Wolves will ask for Blake Griffin in return. Besides the reason of Griffin being an all-star and a great player, he is also under contract for several years which would lock him to Minnesota (a huge incentive). Hopefully the Clippers and Doc think this move would put them over the top for a title and go for the bait. I REALLY hope this happens….and THEN I HOPE that Kevin Love disses the Clippers and signs with the Lakers when he is a free agent in 2015….thus pushing the Clippers back into mediocrity and making the Lakers once again LA’s number one team (with a few other moves of course).

    • isaiah007 - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      filone are you serious? SMH

      • filone17 - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        well, I DON’T THINK this trade will really happen, however, it does sort of make sense for both teams in a way. The Clippers are trying to push for a title THIS YEAR. Blake Griffin might very well be a better player in the long run but I would argue that Kevin Love is a better all around player at NOW. Albiet, it’s by a small margin, but when you’re pushing for a title you want every advantage you can get. And Minnesota want’s to get as much in return for Kevin Love as possible if they feel he is going to bolt for the Lakers. I doubt they would be able to do any better than Blake Griffin. All the Wolves would have to do is make the Clippers believe they could resign him instead of the Lakers. Being that they are both LA teams and that the Clippers currently have a better core I don’t think that would be a hard sell. Their salaries match up so no other players would have to be involved to make this work. Now I hate the Clippers because I am a Laker fan, but I just think this trade could make sense for both teams. That being said it probably doesn’t matter because. the Clippers would never have the balls to make a trade like this anyhow. Even if this trade could bring them a title, they probably lack the confidence that they can beat the Lakers in a battle to sign Love when he is a free agent. Plus they already have enough “selfies” to cover all of the Lakers title banners….no need to bring in Love for another one.

    • Professor Fate - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      That sounds like something out of a reality-show script with a really short TV run.

  24. yoolate2 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    it must be star for star if u r talking trade, im not a big fan of Kevin Love , but if he leaves Minnesota, there will be no need to go to see the team play.

  25. billtetley53 - Feb 19, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Vanessa Monetti:

    Magic and Worthy were #1 overall picks, hardly any development needed there.

    Kobe was technically drafted by Charlotte.

    Bynum? He’s had 1 all star year and has been a lazy bum since.

    Fisher?! Career avgs of 8.5ppg and 3.1apg = journeyman

    This is why the lakers are and will continue to be sorry for awhile.
    There are no young guys to carry the mantle. 2 out of the next 4 1st rounders are traded away.
    Foolish management choices including giving Kobe a huge 2 year extension has doomed them to mediocrity for quite awhile. 2020 is your year!

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