By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on June 8, 2014
The Kevin Love saga continues, as many teams battle to acquire the services of the perennial All-Star. Here are five scenarios in which certain teams will land the disgruntled star.
Not a lot of buzz has been heard about Cleveland's interest in Love, but if they are, they can make the most enticing offer. They can offer the No. 1 pick in the draft, Tristan Thompson, Alonzo Gee's expiring contract and plenty of cap space to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Cleveland could also take a bad contract like Chase Budinger as well. However, it seems like the Cavs are set on using the No. 1 pick.
Why would Love sign an extension with a Kings team that has immature, ball-dominant players like DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay with bad attitudes? Well, Love most likely would not sign with them, but Sacramento would take him anyway. The Kings would offer Ben McLemore, the No. 8 pick, virtually anyone else on the roster who isn't Cousins and take on a bad contract without the promise of an extension.
The Celtics have plenty to offer Minnesota, but the T-Wolves are reluctant to send another All-Star player to Boston after what happened in 2007. The Celtics have nine first-round picks in the next four years, including the No. 6 pick and the No. 17 pick in this year's draft, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Keith Bogans' and Brandon Bass' expiring contract. That seems like more than a tantalizing offer.
The Warriors could send any combination of David Lee, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to Minnesota for Love. Golden State has no draft picks to offer, but the fact that the T-Wolves are getting established players makes it hard to turn down. The question is whether or not it would it be worth it for the Warriors to break up their corps for one player.
The Bulls are reportedly the front-runners in the Love sweepstakes. They can offer the No. 16 and No. 19 picks in this year's draft, the rights to swap picks with Cleveland in 2015 (lottery protected), Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer's expiring contract. They also have the Kings' draft picks for 2015, 2016 and 2017 (top-10 protected) to sweeten a deal. Love makes perfect sense in Chicago next to Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose.
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