Just when it seemed as if the Minnesota Timberwolves were going to wait to trade Kevin Love, multiple reports out of Minnesota indicate that the team has been fielding offers for their big man. One of the offering teams is the Chicago Bulls, one of the teams Love wants to play for. Love, who averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds, has drawn interest from several teams around the league as well.
Recently, Love was seen in Boston and had spent some time with Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. There had been some speculation that Love was on the verge of being traded to Boston, but that hasn’t seemed likely since the Celtics do not have much to offer other than Jared Sullinger and the No. 6 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The Bulls, on the other hand, have several pieces they could offer to the Timberwolves for Love. The team has the expiring contract of Carlos Boozer, which is around $16 million. They also have Jimmy Butler who recently made second-team All-Defense, and the runner up for the Sixth Man of the Year in Taj Gibson. Additionally, they have two draft picks in the upcoming draft at No.16 and 19 to sweeten the deal.
If the Bulls were to move Gibson, Butler, and Boozer for Love, Chicago would definitely take a hit when it comes to their depth. However, the Bulls are on the verge of bringing over Nikola Mirotic from Europe. Mirotic, drafted by the Bulls 23rd overall in 2011, is widely considered to be the best player in Europe at the moment. Also, at 6’10 Mirotic would be able to fill Gibson’s role as the team’s backup big man. Unlike Gibson, Mirotic is known more for his scoring and less for his defense, he has great touch around the basket, and can also knock down the outside shot.
Any move for Love would also mean that the Bulls are taking themselves out of the running for Carmelo Anthony in free agency this summer. However, Love would be a great fit alongside stars Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose. Only time will tell if the Bulls can land Love at this point.