Should Los Angeles Lakers Sacrifice One More Season For Kevin Love?

By Joseph Crevier
Kevin Love
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The Los Angeles Lakers have suffered through what has seemed to be an endless losing season. Unfortunately, the NBA season is just past the halfway point, so Laker fans will have to look towards the future to overshadow the misery of this season.

Los Angeles has tons of cap space (about $26 million) entering this upcoming offseason, and fans are expecting them to make a splash in free agency. However, there is the feeling going around that management is looking to wait one more season in order to pursue the highly coveted PF from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Love.

In all likelihood, Love will opt out of his final year of his current contract, which would set him free to sign with any team in the 2015 offseason. There is no doubt that he will be amongst the most coveted free agents that summer, so does Los Angeles really have that great of a chance at landing him? The answer is most definitely. Is he worth suffering through another mediocre season? Of course.

Love is one of the best, if not the best power forward in the NBA. He has been voted as a starter for the first time in this year’s All-Star game, something that is well deserved. He has also been the main reason why a below-average team like the Timberwolves currently sit one game over .500 in an extremely competitive Western Conference. Although there is no guarantee that the Lakers will sign him or that he even opts to leave Minnesota, a player of his caliber is worth the risk.

Los Angeles is believed to have the best shot at landing Love because he played his college ball at UCLA, not to mention that he is originally from California. Rumors have floated around that Love is already looking to sign with L.A., but management would never base their decisions solely on rumors. There is no doubt that if Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss believe that they really can sign him, they will hold out one more year.

Besides, there aren’t any upcoming free agents that will boost Los Angeles to contention as quickly as Love can.

The top free agents entering the 2014 free agency pool are Greg Monroe and Luol Deng, both of whom would definitely be options for the Lakers. However, neither player is near superstar level. There is of course the group with early termination options like LeBron James, Chris BoshDwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony, but realistically speaking, none of those players are leaving to sign with L.A.

Therefore, it is time for this team to go all in for Love. This gives the team the best shot to compete for that sixth championship that  Kobe Bryant has been yearning for.

Joseph Crevier covers the Los Angeles Lakers for Follow him on Twitter @RealJoeCrev and Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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