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Report: Warriors, Bulls are potential trade destinations that intrigue Kevin Love

May 18, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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Kevin Love will be one of the top available free agents on the market after next season, unless of course the Timberwolves decide to trade him before then in a preemptive move to ensure they receive something in return, rather than allowing their franchise player to leave without compensation.

The latest reports all say the same thing, which is essentially that Love has made it clear he’ll pursue his options in free agency rather than committing to staying in Minnesota.

While he hasn’t come out and demanded to be traded, perhaps due to being careful not to allow his image to take a hit the way other stars like Dwight Howard did in similar situations, Love does reportedly have preferred destinations should the Timberwolves decide a deal is in their best interest.

From Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com:

Sources told ESPN.com that the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls are among the potential trade destinations that intrigue Love.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have likewise been mentioned all season as big-market landing spots that would tempt Love, but going to the best situation for immediate contention is said to be the power forward’s priority.

Sources say that the Phoenix Suns, armed with several draft assets to offer Minnesota, also have strong interest in trading for Love, but the 25-year-old’s interest in joining the Suns is unclear.

The combination of a large market and a situation that’s immediately conducive to winning is what seems to appeal to Love the most.

Any trade would hinge on Love’s prior agreement to sign a max contract to stay in his new situation, or at the very least, any trade involving a team willing to give up substantial assets in exchange for Love’s services would require that commitment. A club could of course deal for Love in hopes he would re-sign long-term the way the Lakers did with Howard a couple of seasons ago, but the offer would be diminished without Love’s assurances.

Once the draft order has been settled following Tuesday’s lottery, there will more clarity in terms of which teams have the best combinations of picks and players to offer. The Timberwolves haven’t yet committed to trading Love; their preference is to convince him to stay. But it appears as though at this stage of the proceedings, when other teams inquire about Love’s availability, Minnesota has no choice but to listen.

  1. whitwarren - May 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Westbrook. Sefoloshia. Durant. Love. Ibaka.

    • kjereld615 - May 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      An incredible starting 5 you have there, but exactly what does OKC have that Minnesota would want want? Durant, Westbrook are untouchable. Ibaka maybe will be an option to move for Love but is he enough? No. They’d want draft picks as well, but OKC will only have late round draft picks so why would Minnesota want that? Like I said its an amazing starting five but an unrealistic dream.

      • campcouch - May 18, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        is Westbrook really untouchable? Love for Westbrook sounds like a deal. KD will have a guy who could score in the box and you could pretty much suit up Scott Brooks to run the point then. Westbrook would have another chip on his shoulder,would become the scoring option for Minny and we know Rubio will give up the rock. Wolves should get a fairly good draft pick as well. I think it’d work for both squads.

      • therealhtj - May 18, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        Westbrook for Love sounds slightly feasible, except he and KD/Serge have a little too much overlap. On defense, KD and Love will get murdered when Serge takes a breather.

        As for Love/Westbrook/KD, it sounds great on paper, but OKC’s cheap ownership wouldn’t spring for that. That’s not even considering the kind of free agent offers Reggie Jackson will get that can get a little rich for OKC’s blood too.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      So you basically think Minnesota will trade Kevin Love for Kendrick Perkins?

      • cantonbound13 - May 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        So basically you’re an idiot

      • beach305 - May 18, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        If they have no choice then yeah

      • cantonb0und13 - May 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        Hey look it’s the other canton replying to my comment again. I got into you’re head. You love me too much. I can’t blame you though.

      • therealhtj - May 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

        No more absurd than Chicago thinking they can get him for Carlos Boozer.

    • ss3walkman - May 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Barnes and Lee for Love would be the deal for Warriors and Wolves

      • kjereld615 - May 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        Minnesota will not trade an All-Star player for role players. Now they are both really good role players but if you trade a star you require nothing short of a king’s ransom. Barnes and Lee will not cut it.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - May 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Lee’s expiring contract, 2019 1st round pick, Barnes and Thompson is a starting point.

    • rohlo - May 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      if you expect to re-sign durant you arent gonna get love!!!! westbrook and durant have max contracts….

    • rohlo - May 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      hes gonna end up in houston i predict..morey will make it happen!!

      • sportsfan18 - May 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        Houston does NOT need Melo or Love…

        Their offense is fine… they were 4th in the league in points per 100 possessions…

        Their D wasn’t terrible as they were 12th in the league in points per 100 possessions on D.

        But to me, it’s the D that Houston needs to work on, not their offense.

        Neither Love nor Melo play a lick of defense and we all know James Harden doesn’t play D either so no need to have two starting players not know how to spell the letter “D”…

        I mean, they were somehow able to be 12th in the league on D in giving up points per 100 possession WITH Harden…

        No way they’d stay there with either Love or Melo coupled with Harden…

        The Little Sisters of the Poor would hang 120 on them with those guys on D…

      • rohlo - May 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        just reporting what i read!

        http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2067907-report-houston-rockets-planning-to-make-run-at-kevin-love-trade?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming

  2. cantonb0und13 - May 18, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Klay Thompson, David Lee and 1st round pick for Kevin Love. But then the Warriors will find a way to trade Harrison Barnes instead of Thompson. After that Warriors gets a steal, while everybody laughs at Minnesota again.

    • R. Edmond - May 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      That wouldn’t work. Who would play defense for the Warriors?

      • cantonb0und13 - May 18, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Iggy and D. Green. I mean you could also say who would guard Curry and Love?

    • kb2408 - May 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      @thefakecantonbound…let’s just say Minny insists on Klay instead of Barnes (plus Lee), does that really put Golden St closer to a title? Yeah, they would get a better PF than what they have now but it would come at the expense of losing one half of the “splash brothers.”

      • cantonb0und13 - May 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        kb2408, I honestly believe Warriors will find a way to trade Barnes instead of Thompson. Joe Lacob will do anything to win a championship at this point. Now you said, what happens if Minny just wants Thompson? Well, it’s something the Warriors front office has to strongly consider doing. Love can space out the floor for Curry. Lee and Bogut basically only scores from the paint. So would you rather have Curry/Love or Curry/Thompson … I’m going with Curry/Love.

    • John X - May 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      No way the Warriors should trade Klay Thompson and that is way too much for Kevin Love!

    • bellerophon30 - May 18, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      The Warriors have already dealt 2 of their future first rounders, to dump Jeff and Andris, not sure if they have any others that can be traded. And that’s too much for Love anyway.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - May 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Thompson, Barnes, Lee and a 1st round pick is a starting point.

  3. pharohislife - May 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    The Celtics were also Reported to be interested.

    • pharohislife - May 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Haha is that a problem or something. I guess yall fear the Celtics getting him or somethin, that’s understandable.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 18, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      I’m a Celtics fan and I don’t know if he would play here. Guess it depend on “big market” and how close to winning he thinks we are.

    • rpmcc116 - May 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      I think the Celts front office got the wolves pretty bad last time. I think they’d be the last team they would deal him to.

      • sportsfan18 - May 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        McHale is with the Rockets now…

        It wasn’t the Wolves the C’s fleeced but rather McHale…

    • kjereld615 - May 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Unsure as to why you got so many dislikes. You were not lying. The Celtics are reportedly the sleeper team to acquire Love. They also have the most to give to get him too. A top six pick in this years draft, some mid round picks in future drafts, space to take on some bad contracts and a poor man’s Kevin love in Jarred Sullinger. That sounds like enough to acquire Love to me.

  4. chicagosports2014 - May 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    WE DONT WANT HIM! WE WANT MELO. OR LANCE STEPHENSON, PAUL PEIRCE AND PAUL GASOL. ITS POSSIBLE

    • cantonb0und13 - May 18, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      I DONT KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT! – Anchorman Brick Tamland

    • chiadam - May 18, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Yep, good ol’ Paul Gasol. And old man Pierce. That’s what we want.

      Should I type this in caps to fit in?

      • chicagosports2014 - May 18, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        Pierce and Paul Gasol off the bench to back up the 3 and 5
        1.Rose
        2.Stephenson
        3.butler
        4.Gibson
        5.Noah

    • rpmcc116 - May 18, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Not one person you mentioned is gonna turn this team into a contender melo included, teams seem to get better with out him and teams that get him tend to get worse and then pick up Kenyon martin and Jr smith, not exactly good for the locker room.

    • that1guy33 - May 19, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      who in the hell is paul gasol? is that pau’s twin brother that nobody knows about?

  5. mrmcl - May 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    T-Wolves are a dead franchise. Get out of the State of Hockey, we don’t need you.

    • money2long - May 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      If they contract, give Rubio to the Knicks

  6. John X - May 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Barnes and Lee should be it. Maybe a swap of 1’s. Barnes may thrive with Rubio and come into his own. Lee is versatile. That is pretty good for a guy you can’t sign.

    • thekingdave - May 18, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      If Kevin Love came out and said he would sign an extension only with the Warriors, effectively destroying the Twolves leverage, then that would be enough. That isn’t the case yet, so if Minny isn’t demanding Thompson, Flip Saunders should ride off into the sunset. Lee is versatile but I’m sure Minny would prefer salary flexibility over a 4 that just keeps them in no man’s land (back end of the lottery).

  7. campcouch - May 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    exactly who or what can Minny get that is of equal value? I hope they don’t go the Magic route and get nothing for him. He’s asking for a contender in a large market. Exactly what teams are both right now? And what contending team is willing to trade one of their stars? I could see OKC handing over Westbrook…Rubio and Westbrook together…I mean we know Rubio doesn’t want to score and Westbrook would get all the shots he wants,but the Timberwolves would ask for Ibaka or Perkins instead lol. The magic continues in the NBA.

    • spursareold - May 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      You think the Magic got nothing?

      Vucevic
      Harkless
      Afflalo

      …and the lower of Denver’s two 2014 first-round picks, the Lakers’ 2017 first-round pick and a Philadelphia 76ers future first-round pick remaining.

  8. ProBasketballPundit - May 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Kevin Love + Tom Thibodeau? Hmmm, I like it. Thibs needs a lot of help with his offense and Love’s scoring & range are lethal. Love needs help defensively and Thibs coaching should fix that, or at the very least the rest of the team could help cover up Love’s mistakes. I’d love to see this happen as a fan of basketball.

  9. chiadam - May 18, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    What would Chicago offer? Taj Gibson, the expiring contract of Carlos Boozer (and the expiring Carlos Boozer), their non-lottery Charlotte pick, and maybe toss in Mirotic, who may well decide he would rather stay in Spain than play in Minnesota?
    So, basically replace Love with Taj Gibson, cap room, and a pick that’s not in the lottery. What could go wrong?

    • cantonb0und13 - May 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Minnesota should demand for Thibs. Bulls could also trade Jimmy Butler.

      • chiadam - May 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Taj and Butler? Then there would be no one left in Chicago. You’d have Rose, Noah, Love…and who? Tony Snell? Jimmer? Also, the NBA does not allow player-for-coach trades. I’m not exactly sure how Stern allowed Rivers to go to the Clippers. Maybe for the same reason that Stern traded CP3 to the Clippers even though he had no business doing so. Thibs would still be in Chicago, and he would be pissed that two of his favorites are gone.

      • sportsfan18 - May 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        If Love was smart, he’d wait and play all next season with the Wolves and then go to a team when they did NOT have to give up a lot to get him, just sign him.

        The Bulls would be great with him, if they didn’t have to give up anyone or any picks.

        Now, the Wolves can trade Love at any point before his contract ends but if Love tells teams that he will ONLY sign long term with such and such team, teams would not give up much for a short term rental.

        I don’t know why a player would want to be traded to a team in say Feb and have the team give up a lot to get him so now the team is weaker.

        Plus, even if some team does trade from him as a rental only, he still could go and sign with any other team then.

        Obviously I’m not, but if I were Love, I’d go to the Bulls next summer and join them when they didn’t have to give up anything to get me… he is in control of that or any team as he decides who he signs with next summer…

    • JHathwell - May 18, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      That’s not enough.

      You’d probably need Gibson, Butler, Mirotic and a #1.

    • mcjon22 - May 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      The Bulls have 2 1st round picks this year and obviously they could throw in next years as well. So 3 1st round picks Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Tony Snell wouldn’t be a horrible haul for Minny. I don’t think they would be interested in Boozers expiring contract because they need guys that are locked up under contract and draft picks.

      I doubt Chicago would throw in Mirotic as well. They’ll need a shooter to replace Butler(hypothetically) and I doubt Mirotic would ever come play for the Timberwolves.

      Love can pretty much force Minny to trade him where he wants to go since he’ll have to re-sign with whoever he’s traded to. If he decides he will only sign with team X, the wolves lose all leverage. They’d be wise to knock this out before the season begins.

      This also will have HUGE ramifications on Melo. If Chicago is out of the mix for him, how many other teams can he sign with that are close to being a contender? He may just opt in for 1 more year and hit the market with Lebron, Tiny Parker and Bosh next year

      • lmoneyfresh - May 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        You’re out of your damn mind with that trade. Why don’t the Bulls just trade the entire team and the next 5 years draft picks while they at it, just to be sure.

        And Mirotic doesn’t replace Butler. First off, Butler isn’t a shooter and he plays 2/3 and Mirotic is a stretch 4.

  10. cantonb0und13 - May 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Do people watch Rubio games? He makes Raymond Felton look like Steve Nash in his prime.

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Nothing makes Failton look good.

  11. chicagocane - May 18, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Bulls. 2 first round picks this year, rights to Mirotic, and Boozer’s expiring $16m contract for Love.

    Minnesota gets two solid picks in this year’s deep draft, Europe’s best player (according to some) and $16m in cap space after next year. I like !

    • greatmiamisportsmind - May 18, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Golden State would probably offer David Lee’s expiring contract (15 million), Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and a 1st round pick.

      That is just a little better than that crap your offering

  12. spliff219 - May 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Da Bulls

  13. mackcarrington - May 18, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    I expect to get slapped down for this but, is this a way for the Lakers to get Love? Is Love worth a lottery pick?
    He’s a proven commodity and a lottery pick is, well, the lottery. You don’t know what you’re getting. I’ve already taken off my shirt to accept my whipping.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - May 18, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      If the Lakers move up into the top 3, it’s a starting point. The NBA draft lottery is rigged, so the Lakers are probably going to get the #1 pick anyways since it’s a big market.

  14. goodtogo28 - May 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    wouldn’t mind seeing him team up with wall and beal. the wizards would become serious contenders in the east for years to come. ted and ernie need to make a move.

  15. norcalsportsknowledge - May 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    D. Lee, K. Thompson,H. Barnes, & M. Speights for Love, K. Martin,& R. Turiaf. Dubs might have to add a pick. Love is a top 5 player and it’s rare you get a chance to acquire one of those. Dubs starting 5: Curry,Martin,Iguodola,Love,Bogut
    Bench:Ezeli,Oneil,Green,add sg & pg( i believe they have a $9millon exemption they plan on using). They could also start Iguadola at 2 and start green at 3, but I like Green off the bench for energy and he can back up 3 & 4. Klay is only included if Love signs extension. It’s giving up a lot, but remember when Dubs didn’t make Garnett trade?

  16. norcalsportsknowledge - May 19, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Dubs starters Minnesota starters
    Bogut. Pekovic
    Love. Lee
    Iguadola. Barnes
    Martin. Thompson
    Curry. Rubio
    Trade works for both teams. Dubs need Kevin Martin if they include Klay. Martin is underrated and signed too a team friendly deal.

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