With all of this chatter surrounding Kevin Love‘s future as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as a potential suitor for the All-Star big man. Trading for Love would certainly call for Los Angeles’ 2014 first-round draft pick, which is guaranteed to be ninth or higher in arguably the best draft since the 2003 class featuring Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
On the other hand, Los Angeles does not possess any other asset aside from the draft pick that would entice Minnesota to pull the trigger on a deal. There are plenty of other teams around the NBA that have more quality trade assets for the Timberwolves, so do not expect Love to be wearing purple and gold anytime soon.
With that said, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has remained open to the idea of trading away the draft pick, even if it were in exchange for somebody besides Love.
Before you get yourself into a frenzy, do not believe by any stretch of the imagination that Kupchak does not value this draft pick immensely. He is well aware of the talent level of these prospects, so trading away the pick would almost require a star-quality player to be acquired.
Kupchak has also mentioned his interest level in trading the pick for multiple mid-to-late first-round picks in order for the team to fill the roster with numerous talented players rather than just one. Who can blame him as the Lakers only have three players under guaranteed contracts beyond this season?
Whatever the case may be, Lakers fans must put all of their trust into Kupchak as he has proven himself to be a modern-day genius when it comes to personnel moves. He knows what it takes to build a contending team, and will always have the best interest of the Lakers organization in mind.