After a season full of injuries and disappointment, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love may find himself not wanting to return to the team. It is well known that Love has questioned the T’Wolves front office in the past, and that he doesn’t know if they are built to win. Given that he could opt out of his contract following the 2014-2015 season, the Timberwolves could soon be looking to trade him if he doesn’t seem open to negotiating an extension.
The Timberwolves’ loss, should be the Detroit Pistons‘ gain. The Pistons lack a player of Love’s caliber, and acquiring him could bring some fans into the usually empty Palace of Auburn Hills. Given his improved three-point shot, he could also provide the scoring punch that they so sorely lack.
Now you may be thinking, “What do the Pistons have that the Timberwolves would even want?” and given the Pistons’ mediocrity over the past few years, that would be a fair question to ask. What I have thought of would be beneficial for both teams, and according to ESPN’s Trade Machine, would work salary-cap wise as well.
To start, all the Timberwolves would have to give up is Love. While this may seem like a big loss, they have already played essentially an entire season without him, so the players on the team wouldn’t feel completely out of place without him. As I mentioned previously, this would give the Pistons a legitimate star, and would also help improve their scoring. Along with this, Love is one of the most tenacious rebounders in league, and is a near guarantee for a double-double every night.
In return for Love, the Timberwolves would receive guard Rodney Stuckey and power forward/center Greg Monroe. As you may have read in my previous article about the Pistons, I feel that Stuckey is sorely in need of a change of scenery. In Minnesota, he may start producing the way that the Pistons have always wanted him to. It would hurt to lose Love, but Monroe could fill the gap nicely, as he is also a threat for a double-double every night. I think that Monroe has reached his ceiling, and will always be a 18-10 guy at his best, but with a point guard like Ricky Rubio, he may be able to transform into much more, but at the very least, he’ll bring consistency and be a 2nd or 3rd option on a championship team.
This trade works on both ends because for the Timberwolves, they would bring in two players that could contribute nearly as much, or possibly even more, than Love, and he might leave for nothing after the 2014-2015 season anyways. So I don’t think they’ll get a better deal. And for the Pistons, they would bring in some star power that they currently don’t have, as well as giving up two players that they may consider trading in the future regardless.
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