The Minnesota Timberwolves have one of the best players in the NBA on their roster in forward Kevin Love. He is a terrific big man who can play inside and outside and is also a tremendous teammate. He does not demand the ball on every play and is also an incredible rebounder — one of the best the league has seen in quite some time.
The Timberwolves are in a tough bind, though, as Love only has a few more years left on his current contract and they still do not have the type of roster to finish better than a seventh seed in the Western Conference playoff picture.
That is not the type of position you want to be in; those teams have very little chance of upsetting a higher seed and will have a much lower draft pick from finishing worse in the lottery.
Minnestoa’s best chance at rebuilding the roster to compete for a higher seed might involve moving Love. If they ever decided to trade their franchise player, you can bet that the Utah Jazz will show serious interest in acquiring his services.
The Jazz have always liked Love and they would make for an excellent fit. The Jazz need more star players on their roster and Love would certainly fit the bill. They also have the young players that the Timberwolves would require in return. Would a trade of Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, and a 2014 first-round draft pick get the job done? It should certainly at least pique the interest of the Timberwolves.
Love will probably not be traded in the foreseeable future, but if the Wolves ever made him available, you can bet that the Jazz will have strong interest.
Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18