Star PF Kevin Love has been a hot commodity in recent weeks after reports broke that he is angling himself for a departure from the Minnesota Timberwolves sooner rather than later. Sources indicate that Love has made it clear that he will not re-sign with his current team, terminating the final year of his contract which would enter him into free agency July 1 of 2015. Love certainly has a substantial number of suitors looking to acquire him via trade as the Timberwolves would be smart not to allow him to walk for nothing.
Despite contradicting reports, rumor has it that Love still hopes to end up in the city where he played his college ball, Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers have been a long front-runner to land Love, having the advantage of the mega-market team in addition to Love’s personal connection with the city itself. However, trading for him does not seem to be an option this summer as the Lakers do not have any assets of value aside from their first-round draft pick. Assuming the seventh pick in the draft alone is not suffice to offer in a trade, Los Angeles appears to be out of luck at least until 2015 free agency.
In 2015, Steve Nash‘s near $10 million salary will be coming off the books, opening up tons and tons of cap space for Mitch Kupchak to play around with. In order to further convince Love to bolt Minnesota for Los Angeles, though, the team must be in better shape than they currently are. Drafting the correct player to mesh with Love’s style of play will be a step in the right direction, but additional moves will likely be necessary.
Several impactful role players are hitting the free agency market this summer, including Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza, who are perfect fits to play alongside Love as well as Kobe Bryant in future years. Signing one of these players may be the convincing factor in completely winning over Love’s love for the Lakers.