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Reports: Kings want to trade for Kevin Love, whether he agrees to stay or not. Wizards may be interested, too.

May 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Kevin Love

Minnesota will trade Kevin Love to whichever team gives them the best package in return.

Love has some leverage in this process because teams will not jump in the game unless he agrees to re-sign (or at least opt in for a year) with them, teams don’t want to give up assets for a rental. Nobody wants to the Lakers with Dwight Howard.

Well… not nobody.

The Sacramento Kings under the aggressive ownership of Vivek Ranadive want to get in the Love trade mix whether or not he plans to re-sign there, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo.

The Sacramento Kings have let the Minnesota Timberwolves know they are interested in trading for All-Star forward Kevin Love – and the Kings would make a deal without any assurance from Love he’d re-sign with them, a league source told Yahoo Sports…

The Kings are willing to give up their eighth overall pick in this year’s NBA draft and a combination of players for Love, even though he would not be expected to sign a contract extension before next season – if ever, with the rebuilding, small-market franchise, the source said. Sacramento envisions Love and DeMarcus Cousins playing alongside each other in the front court. Swingman Rudy Gay has a player’s option for next season.

This is the kind of thing teams leak to show their fan bases “we will do whatever it takes for you” knowing full well the entire time it’s not happening.

As Romeo Void taught us (before Beiber was even born), never say never. However the odds of Love re-signing with Sacramento would be minuscule. What teams around the league hear is that Love wants to be in a major market and to start winning now. Sacramento is not going to fit that bill (although the Love/Cousins/Gay combo likely lifts the Kings to the playoffs).

Washington doesn’t fit the bill either, but the Wizards may be interested, too, reports David Aldridge of

Wiz are a stealth candidate for Kevin Love — his father, Stan, who played for the then-Bullets in the early ’70s, gave his son the middle name “Wesley,” as in Wes Unseld. And Kevin Love has a soft spot as a result for the franchise. But the trade talk will surely die when the words “Bradley Beal” come out of Flip Saunders’ mouth.

Neither Sacramento nor Washington are markets that Kevin Love likely has on his “I would re-sign there” list.

That list is thought to include the Lakers, Bulls, Warriors, Knicks, and Rockets.

Minnesota doesn’t care, they want the best package available. I’m not sure the No. 8 pick, Ben McLemore and some other pieces to make the salaries match is going to be the best offer. Same with any Wizards package without Beal or John Wall.

But don’t be surprised if other teams consider jumping in or at least saying they are, pushed by aggressive owners. It’s good PR to say you tried. Love is a big-time player and the Timberwolves are going to some interesting offers for him.

They will take the best one for them, not him.

  1. loungefly74 - May 27, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Love would be well received in Sac-town. Kudos to the Kings trying to be relevant and make their fans happy.

    • thesixersbench - May 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      NBA All-Star Kevin Love would be well received in Sacramento? You don’t say?

      • loungefly74 - May 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        ahh…sarcasm. gotcha. yeah, i was stating the obvious but my finer point was the marketing for him would be great there…more so than other places. He would be the cornerstone piece…not so much the case if he went to LA, Chicago, NY, or Houston. He would be battling with existing players in those markets. Cousins would be not fight at all for the spotlight.

  2. greatmiamisportsmind - May 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Romeo Void taught us something before who was born?

  3. bucrightoff - May 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Cousins and Love would be a pretty awesome 1-2 front line.

  4. zukny1 - May 27, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    If the Kings did that + get some Bench depth, that team would be freaking SICK.

  5. arrondior - May 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Any team that gives up young talent and picks for Love knowing he isn’t happy joining their team is an idiot.

    • cantonb0und13 - May 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      At this point, the Kings should make this move. When was the last time the Kings went to the playoffs?

      • arrondior - May 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Obviously the Kings WANT to make that move. The question is finding a GM that will take him. The problem is it’s a terrible trade unless he wants to be there. For example, does anyone really believe he’d re-sign with the Wizards? Why on gods green earth would they give away Beal for an expiring contract. That doesn’t make any sense at all.

    • smoothaswilkes - May 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Sacramento has had nothing but young players for over a decade, getting an established All-Star to go with that talent is a great idea. It’s not like they have done so much with all that “young talent and picks” to this point, why not swing for the fences?

  6. gpatrick15 - May 27, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    What do the Lakers, Knicks, Warriors, Bulls, and Houston have to give up that the Kings and Wizards don’t? The Lakers and Knicks have absolutely nothing of value to give up other than the Lakers #7 pick. The Warriors are unlikely to give up Klay Thompson, though Barnes and Lee may suffice. No lottery pick, though. The Bulls would almost certainly have to give up Taj Gibson, but who else would they have to give up to make the offer enticing enough? Houston has Chandler Parsons, but will that be enough? Doubt it. With the Kings and Wizards willing to take him regardless of if he re-signs, they have just as good a shot as the rest of the teams listed, especially with the Kings lottery pick. Where Kevin Love wants to go shouldn’t matter in this.

  7. tjr324 - May 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Not sure why you’re acting like Washington is some small market city. A Wall/Beal/Love team would instantly be the 2nd best team in the East. However, it’d be next to impossible for the Wizards to trade for Love without giving up Beal

    • sire2334 - May 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      I was going to say the same thing…I’ve lived a few places in my life and the DC area isn’t far off from any of the typical hot spots. This ain’t some podunk little town.

    • mikebee27 - May 27, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      According to this, Washington is a better TV market than Houston, and is #9 overall.

      • mikebee27 - May 27, 2014 at 7:53 PM – sorry

  8. packhawk04 - May 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Tim hardaway jr for kevin love straight up. The knicks would be worse off, but they need to do it.

    • jolink653 - May 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      LOL I would personally pick up Tim Hardaway Jr. and drive him out to Minnesota non-stop if the Wolves were willing to make that trade

  9. shackdelrio - May 27, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    I know media would love for the Knicks to get Love. But they have a garbage roster and no first rounder this year. They got nothing!!

    The Warriors make the most sense and ultimately where I think he ends up.

  10. money2long - May 27, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    I thought it was omen for ‘cousins to love’

  11. campcouch - May 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Once OKC gets bumped off,they’ll trade Westbrook for him. Yeah,I’m trolling,it’s midnight here and I’m out of popcorn.

  12. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - May 27, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    BREAKING: Every single team in the league wants Kevin Love.

  13. rrhoe - May 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I have a solution for the NBA’s large vs.small market problem: Let’s disband the small market teams and create a league of ten teams,all in major markets of course. By the players logic the small market teams have no chance anyway,so let’s have a league of ten super teams. And if by chance you cannot make one of those teams,then I guess they won’t get the millions that the small market teams seem to be just wasting anyway.

    Does the small market teams catch buses instead of flying or something,do their checks bounce or do they stay in motels as opposed to hotels. The NFL or MLB doesn’t seem to have this problem,but the NBA players,who get guaranteed contracts no matter where they play,want to dictate where they go. Now you have players who haven’t even been drafted yet,not even in the league,trying to dictate where they go. I thought that’s what free agency was for.

  14. onebigredrocket - May 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    If there is a trade available, no matter which player, better believe the Kings are involved.

  15. toycannoni - May 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    chalmers and bosh for love would be a win win for both teams….just sayin’

  16. nashvilletrojan - May 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    A few years back, another big name player was traded to Sacramento when they had new, aggressive ownership. At first, he made it obvious that he did not want to be there but ended up re-signing and enjoying the city. The franchise built a team around him and he enjoyed All-Star status and playoff success. He became a beloved fixture in the community. His name…..Chris Webber.

    Mr. Love could possibly enjoy a stint in Sacramento a la Webber,

  17. boutdatcomment - May 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Kevin Love style would fit well with Washington for sure. that would be a deadly combination with him, Beal, and Wall.

    • muathjam21 - May 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Lol, if Love is in Washington, you know damn sure Beal isn’t.

  18. mjasper24 - May 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    I love all these trade scenarios where every team ends up with love and they give up the bare min to get him.

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