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Here’s reportedly the Bulls’ trade offer for Kevin Love

Jun 23, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

I still consider the Warriors and Celtics the most likely landing spots for Kevin Love, but Golden State trade discussions have stalled and Boston lacks the established players Minnesota apparently covets.

So, there’s plenty of room for other teams – especially the Bulls, who I consider a close third – to remain in the race

Chad Ford of ESPN:

The Bulls, who are offering Taj Gibson, Tony Snell plus Nos. 16 and 19, are the latest suitors.

If Minnesota had to trade Love, that’s a decent offer. Gibson is one of the NBA’s better defensive big men and locked into a long-term, though not overly expense, deal. Snell is a good enough young player. And of course, the two picks – along with the Timberwolves’ own No. 13 selection – would help Minnesota rebuild.

But the Timberwolves don’t have to trade Love. They can keep him and try – against the odds, they know – to persuade him to stay. Considering how good Love is, I might lean that way rather than taking Chicago’s reported offer.

Minnesota can always trade Love closer to the trade deadline if it remains pessimistic about his return in 2015-16. But if the Timberwolves want to avoid dragging this out, that offer isn’t so bad.

  1. csbanter - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    That’s not anywhere near a good trade, Gibson is very good playing for coach Tibs we don’t know how things will work under Flip Saunders.

    • bparmalee - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      Agreed…you can’t get a star player for role players and two bottom half 1st round picks. This offer is joke and it isn’t close to what the Warriors have allegedly offered. Plus as bad as the T-Wolves draft….. why would they ever want more picks?

      • bobby2478 - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Exactly right. If the wolves had some draft prowess then those draft picks would be more valuable as there would be better chance of them paying off in the long run. As of now, you’d have to figure at best they’d get 1 productive role player out of all 3 first round picks. They’d still be out a star player for a handfull of productive role players. They need at least 1 star in return.

        If their draft record was better at recognizing and developing talent then I’d perhaps agree the Chicago offer was decent (still a lot of uncertainty for a team that needs a young and proven commodity with room to grow).

  2. paoconno - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Add in Mirotic, take back your pick 19 and you have a deal if I’m Minny.

    Gibson is a perfect compliment to Pek and would allow Mirotic to come off the bench until he gets his NBA feet wet. Add in Snell and the two rooks, and that is a cost-effective way to rebuild with lots of young potential

  3. abrutalgrey - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    If there was any truth to the Warriors offering Thompson, Lee, and a pick for Love, then Minnesota was insane not to accept. I would take Thompson and Lee over Love any time.

    • rodyaugu - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

      That’s what I say, cause Love isn’t much better than Lee and Thompson individually anyway.

  4. furnacefuneral84 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Jeez 2 1st rd high draft pics plus taj gibson? Seems like a no-brainer to me. To the deal with chicago. Wolves need to build a winning team, and let love go to a real contender (given an optimistic outlook on Rose’s health). The east is weak, which is why love would fit with the bulls to give them another consistent scrorer. And wolves can build around 3 1st rd draft picks and groom them into a cohesive unit for the next few years( until the West isn’t so dominant until duncan retires, westbrook leaves okc).

  5. spliff219 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Gibson Mirotic snell 16 19 get it done man

    • bkbell3 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      Gibson only makes 8mil and if they sign mirotic they can’t trade him right away and his rights have no dollar value so the bulls would have to send out more players for the salaries to match.

  6. rymurphy617 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    I’m not sold Chicago has enough leverage to pull off a love trade. Secondly if playoffs are so damn important to love then he should avoid going to a western conference team…although if he can’t win on that golden state squad he should look into early retirement. But what can the wolves really get back to make them not like rape victims?

    Boston- can dish out both picks this year, another first rounder next year and perhaps Sullinger/green? But if your love why bother playing for a team with no assets.

    Chicago- I mean if this trade offer is true its just not enought. I would need future picks and jimmy butler to even consider it. Gibson butler and the two first rounders is not horrible

    Golden State- they just need to pull the trigger and let klay go. If your Minny and can get a hall of Thompson/Lee/Barnes for love and martin you roll with it. You can still be relivant with a lineup of pek/Lee/barns/klay/rubio. And if your golden state its nearly impossible not to be a top 3-4 team in the west with curry love Iggy martin and bogut.

    Houston- asik parsons and this and next years first rounder. That can’t cut it.

    Denver- faried the 11th pick and Wilson chandler? This just can’t cut it either.

    Minnesota needs to calm down and hold love till next years trade deadline…. Cross your fingers some team gets crazy desperate. That is unless GS let’s klay go.

  7. bucsrule - Jun 24, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    Flip doesn’t wanna rebuild! & he doesn’t have to trade him..keep waiting is what I. Say, free agents? Hmm

  8. pondersucks07 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    It just don’t matter who trades for Love. In 2 years he will be playing in his home town were he lives and went to College, Playing for his boyhood team the Lakers

  9. cantonbound13 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    The Wolves should take it. The longer they wait they may end up with nothing.

    • tv63 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:37 AM

      I bet Love stays a T-Wolve. They want too much.

  10. Vir Publius - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Thunder should offer Serge Ibaka, Jeremy Lamb, and a 1st round pick. Add Love to Durannt and Westbrook and you win a lot of titles…

  11. puhleezho - Jun 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    the nugget’s offer is better than this one.

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