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Report: Kevin Love would consider New York and Chicago in addition to L.A. in free agency

Mar 29, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

Kevin Love

One night after the Lakers lost to the league’s worst team in Milwaukee, they barely bothered to show up in Minnesota.

The Timberwolves scored 143 points en route to a 36-point victory, and Kevin Love logged a triple-double of 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in just 29 minutes of action.

Love has widely been rumored to be interested in bolting the Timberwolves once he’s a free agent in 2015, for reasons that include Minnesota’s small market and their inability to this point to surround him with enough talent to even take the team to the playoffs, much less compete with the league’s elite and enter the championship conversation.

Los Angeles has been the city most commonly mentioned when Love’s potential relocation comes up, mainly because he and his family have so many ties there. But Love downplayed the L.A. scenario after the victory, and he may have just as much interest in being one of the best players in an equally big city.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

Love’s ties to L.A. are undeniable. He went to college at UCLA. His father, Stan, played for the Lakers — and coincidentally was on the 1974-75 team, a.k.a. the worst team in Lakers history up until this season, so his son could help make up for that. And Love was born in Santa Monica, to boot.

“You know, my parents live there and they had me there,” Love said of L.A., after his Wolves beat the Lakers for the third time in four tries to win the season series Friday. “It’s not my fault. So, I don’t really care about that right now. I just go out there and play and don’t think about it.”  …

A source familiar with Love’s thinking told ESPNLosAngeles.com that it’s not just L.A. that is appealing to Love; he’s enamored with the idea of being “big time in a big city,” and that list of potential places he’d seek includes New York and Chicago, as well.

It’s impossible to predict where Love might end up, because there are so many variables in play.

The Timberwolves may be able to add talent this summer to improve the team to where Love’s decision to leave — which would of course include leaving an extra contract year and an extra $30 million or so on the table — could be made much more difficult.

There’s also the state of those big market teams to consider.

No one has any idea what the Lakers might look like a season from now, considering they’ll have a ton of salary cap space to play with and will be doing everything possible to court All-Star free agents to fill what will be a large number of open roster spots. The Knicks, of course, have Phil Jackson running things now, and even if Carmelo Anthony chooses to remain beyond this season, that roster is going to look much different in the years to come, as well.

All we know at the moment is that the Timberwolves have no desire to trade Love before it becomes absolutely necessary, and will do everything in their power to get him to re-sign in Minnesota. Love will carefully consider all of his options when the time comes — and, yes, that will include large market teams that may be in a better competitive position by then.

  1. ringjames - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Not surprised. I won’t be surprised if Houston, San Antonio, Miami, Portland, and Golden State all end up on his list as well. He could basically fit on any team he chooses.

    • ringjames - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      The 10 dislikes are from Oklahoma City fans lol

      • therealhtj - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        Nope, just the delusional Minny fans who think he’s staying.

        Ask yourself this Minnesotan, If you had the chance to leave that desolate wasteland, how fast would you be gone?

      • retxedfred - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        And how many times have you been to this “desolate wasteland”?

    • mcjon22 - Mar 30, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      He’ll be a Bull. Minnesota will trade him rather than lose him for nothing. The Lakers and Knicks don’t have much of anything to trade. Chicago has young players, draft picks, and Boozers expiring contract if they don’t amnesty him this summer.

  2. floridascuba1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    I doubt he stays. Can’t say I blame him. I see him in LA

  3. jamesk2465 - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    If Melo doesn’t end up in Chicago I can see Love going there before he’d go to LA. He needs a big man to hide his defensive problems and he’d have that in Noah. They’d easily be 2nd best team
    Along with a healthy Rose

  4. Big Ant TV - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Duncan retires and enter kevin love
    and get him a good pg and the spurs keep on winning

    • rodyaugu - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Spurs dont need love

      • bkbell3 - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        And when is the last time the Spurs won anything? He would be a great addition to the Spurs or any team.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Uh, they were a missed layup and a miracle three away from winning the title last season.

      • bkbell3 - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Woulda,coulda,shoulda, again when was the last time they won anything? Love would be great on any team.

      • Big Ant TV - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM

        umm ask yaself that question when duncan retires?

  5. odenxx - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    He is going to the Knicks by this summer! Wolves know they can’t keep him and they don’t want the circus of speculation all year long.

    • ringjames - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Yeah, makes sense but I’m sure the Timberwolves will want Melo in return… Idiot

      • odenxx - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Yah because everyone get far value for there all star player ?.moron ! Tim jr.,stat,2018 pic and take garbage player back should work.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        You do realize that A) the Wolves don’t actually have any bad contracts to dump, B) other teams are allowed to bid and would top a cheap role player and a pick four years out, and C) the Wolves would be better off retaining Love’s services for another year and seeing him walk than to take back nothing for him.

  6. lj312chicago - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    DWIGHT HOWARD REPEAT IN L.A.

    Lakers fans pre howard decision to leave L.A……oh he’s the best big man in the NBA there is no way he wouldn’t resign with the Lakers we have sunshine and wear gold and purple and we have Hollywood and we all know Dwight wants to get into movies……. Dwight leaves for Houston…..6-7-8 months later Lakers fans and Lakers radio still rips on him and obviously isn’t over it…like a jealous guy who didn’t get the girl when she leaves you just rip on her like you’re in elementary school….

    Deja Vu…when Love decides he doesn’t want to come to a team with Kobe retiring that is still rebuilding….3 years from now when Love doesn’t sign in LA lakers fans will spend the next year ripping on him….

    • lj312chicago - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      P.S. I live in So. Cal. . . ESPN LA Radio is a joke…..Lakers fans for some reason or another think its a lock that they are getting Rondo and Love in a year…….can’t wait to hear them cry when they don’t……max and marcelus have to be the most homer, uneducated basketball radio talk show hosts in the nation…..

      • brickzflair - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        Especially Marcellus, he is a big time jabroni

      • therealhtj - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        Marcellus is a Clipper fan who admittedly became a Clipper fan when CP3 landed there. Pretty much like every other Clipper fan.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        Periods. Learn how to use them.

  7. kingperk123 - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Melo and love to the bulls I can see that I know every one else can see that too

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      The defensive efforts by those two combined would make Thibs lose those last 12 strands of hair on his head! lol

      • rodyaugu - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        He would be forced to put them both on the bench late in games, like he does with boozer.

    • ringjames - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      I can see it, but I highly doubt Noah will get the boot. It will be Boozer and Derrick that get the boot. Bulls fans won’t complain when they’ll have a roster with Noah, Melo, Love.

  8. 13arod - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    go the to heat love we treat everybody well and u can get a couple championships with us u can replace bosh

    • cantonbound13 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      You’d dump Bosh but you ” treat everyone well”? Thank you for proving my point about the Heat’s “family” nonsense.

      • kinggw - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        You’re acting as if 13arod is Riley.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

        Dude named himself after ARoid, you know his bulb is dim.

  9. indyzown - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Go where you can win Kevin. .. INDIANA

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Yeah cause their doing a lot of winning right now, right?

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        If he’s a corn lover Indiana has a chance.

  10. antistratfordian - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    I can see him going to New York – if he really wants to win. If he just wants to go back home… maybe warm weather is more important than rings to him…?? Well, to each his own.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      You should have been at the stand up show I went to Thursday night.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Avocados or pastrami? Granola or a NY steak? Food is not to be omitted from Love’s choice of places. Napa or the Hudson Valley?

  11. tmdill18 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    In Chicago “with a healthy Rose”? That would have been 3 yrs. ago. Rose’s healthy days are over. History. Get over it.

    • jamesk2465 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Same could be said for Kobe. lakers have nothing to offer but a 37 yr old and this years top pick. They can’t sign a 3rd star either cause of Kobe not taking a paycut. Chicago has more to offer and there established Alrdy without D-Rose

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        It might come down to pizza: whether Love prefers deep dish Chicago to thin crust New Yawk. Whadya mean, “no”?

  12. tomcreanshair - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    New York-if he really wants to win? Seems to me ‘New York’ and ‘rings’ are mutually exclusive terms…..

    • antistratfordian - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Not after Phil Jackson and his 13 rings signed on.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        And Phil won how many of those rings as an executive working from scratch? Seriously, you’re acting like he’s going to be some cross of Jerry West and RC Buford while ignoring any possibility that Dolan gonna Dolan on this thing.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        If Dolan was gonna Dolan he would’ve never hired Phil Jackson.

        PJ knows more about managing winning basketball than the majority of the executives in the league – and, more importantly, he knows exactly what he wants and needs, which is more than most teams can say.

        He will actually help the Knicks without doing anything at all – just his mere presence will draw players.

        So I have no doubts about Phil Jackson as an executive. Not even a small one.

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        No, he’s banking on the history Phil Jackson brings: he competes for championships every year, something the Knicks have been unable to consistently do since the departure of the great Patrick Ewing.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Does Phil get to bring a top-five player along with him? Because he’s never contended without a superstar in peak form. To be fair, most other coaches don’t either, but it’s basically a prerequisite in the NBA, and you’re asking a lot to expect a rookie executive to spin one out of thin air.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        Jackson won two rings without a top-five player, Kevin.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        False. I’m presuming you’re talking about his last two rings? In both seasons, Pau Gasol was fifth in Win Shares/48 minutes, and in both seasons, the Lakers had another player in the top ten (Kobe in ’09, Bynum in ’10).

        Dolan hired somebody who actually had a track record of being a great executive. He still Dolan’d on Donnie Walsh. If you think there’s no chance that he could do that to Phil, or that there’s no chance that his skills won’t translate to the front office, you’re a fool. Maybe it will work out, but there’s absolutely a significant chance that it won’t.

      • antistratfordian - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        That’s subjective. By other measures the Lakers didn’t have a player in the top 5. In any case, you can at least make the argument.

        You have to understand that to a FA like Love the market, Jackson + his rings, and Melo is going to completely overshadow anything negative about Dolan. So you can whine about Dolan until the cows come home, but he’s not going to factor as much.

  13. tigers182 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Wow, he’s considering the three biggest US markets? This never happens in the NBA.

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Maybe he thinks he’s going food shopping at the three biggest markets. Whadya mean, “no”?

  14. cruzan80 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    The best scenario for both parties is a trade to the Rockets this summer.

    Knicks will most likely have LaMarcus Aldridge higher on their list since he would complement Carmelo Anthony better than Love would. Although him & Tyson Chandler are supposedly “bff’s” I don’t think Love should look at that to be an ideal long term situation for him either seeing that both Anthony & Chandler (who may not even be brought back) will both be over 30 next summer.

    Chicago would have been a great idea….3 years ago. Rose will never be the beast he was pre knee surgeries. Those days are over & for them to spend that much money on another stat stuffing PF who can’t play defense or make the team better (Carols Boozer) makes absolutely no sense for the Bulls. They know this…hence the reason why they have made no secret that their going after Melo this summer. Love would once again be responsible for carrying the offensive load which he has already failed to do in Minnesota…why go to another situation were the expectations of him is exactly the same?

    Lakers will only make sense if they get Wiggins or Parker in the draft AND they turn out to be as advertised…then pairing him with that stud would make sense…but a lot of “ifs” & a lot of questions still has to be answerd. Who’s the coach? Is Buss really as big a moron as Kobe says he is? Is Parker or Wiggins even gonna be that good???

    Houston already has two studs on their team in Howard & Harden….they’re very good right now & their young….they don’t “need” Love. They want a “stretch 4” to complement Dwight. Love & his ability to hit 3’s is something the Rockets offense can find very useful….his rebounding would be gravy. As for Love, this is a very good fit for him as he will not be the focus of opposing teams defense & they won’t rely on him to carry the team in order to get wins…..think Chris Bosh since going to Miami.

    Knicks & Bulls have nothing the Timberwolves want in a trade & the Lakers would be stupid to trade away what could possibly be a top 3 draft pick in this years loaded draft for Love. Lakers are hoping to get the next face of the franchise this summer…that aint Kevin Love. Timberwolves can probably get a 1st round pick, Omer Asik & Jeremy Lin for Kevin Love on draft night. Rockets get a perfect complement to their current stars & the Wolves get another pick & 2 very solid players to build around. It’s a win, win as far as I see.

    • retxedfred - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      Too long I didn’t even bother to read it.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        You didn’t miss anything.

  15. bballhistorian - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Lakers aren’t getting any big free agents until Kobe retires. His reputation as a teammate “who drove 2 big men from LA” is now haunting him.

  16. rodyaugu - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    If he goes to Chicago he will be on the bench late in games like boozer.

  17. woodrree7 - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Phoenix would be a perfect fit Kevin, lots of $$$ and an amazing back court to feed you the ball!!

  18. bryco9 - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Boston will have on draft night for the 2 first rounders and Gerald Wallace. He’ll sign an extension and LA fans can shut the hell up.

  19. psubeerman21 - Mar 29, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    They should have traded him this year to the Lakers for their first and a package of other picks and players. The longer they wait, the less value they are going to get. I understand the desire to keep him, but for as well as he has played, where have they gotten? Nowhere. Maybe he isn’t the guy to build around.

  20. monkeyhateclean - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Love has already said he’d just as soon stay in Minny than play for the dumpster-fire Lakers. Minny….that’s bad the Free Agent pools views the Lakers!

    No good FA’s will even let LA overpay them to play in the ego-maniacal shadow of Kobe, and Pau is even older and more broke than Kobe is! And Nash? Its just sad to watch him now. Someone should do him a solid, and tell him he just can’t hang against 20 years olds anymore. And after those guys, there’s a group of clowns that would struggle in the D-League.

    Face it, the Clippers are the only NBA team in LA with a future. The Lakers are where 3rd rate FAs go to cash paychecks, and they will be for the foreseeable future.

    As for Love? Joining the core of Portland would be a far better place to play for the next 6-7 years of his prime production.

  21. campcouch - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Sorry Lake Show,but people just don’t find LA appealing anymore. Even CP3 was on the fence about staying there until Doc Rivers showed up. It’s time to rebuild. For the first time since Magic Johnson,you will have to draft your next star. The luster of California has faded and just being Hollywood doesn’t guarantee a superstar will show up anymore. tell your GM he needs to actually scout college players instead of watching NBA TV to see who is next on the FA market. I bet Love heads to NY. Phil Jackson has a lot of cred and It’s be ridiculous to see Melo,Love and maybe Rondo running the Triangle there…and I’m far from a Knicks fan. I just see the reality of the current player. Good luck Lakers,the league still needs you.

  22. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    He isn’t winning any time soon in LA/NY. He can get that and more money by staying put.

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