Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors: 5 Trade Scenarios For Kevin Love

5 Trade Scenarios for Kevin Love

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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.

5. Cleveland Cavaliers

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5. Cleveland Cavaliers

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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.

4. Sacramento Kings

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4. Sacramento Kings

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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.

3. Boston Celtics

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3. Boston Celtics

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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.

2. Golden State Warriors

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2. Golden State Warriors

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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.

1. Chicago Bulls

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1. Chicago Bulls

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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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  • Court Zierk

    The Golden State package would be the most intriguing to me, if I’m the Timberwolves. That said, I think the Warriors would be giving up too much in that deal. The Chicago deal is good for Chicago, but not great for the Wolves. The best fit for Love IMO would be in Boston. What do you think?

    • Michael LeDuc

      I agree, besides Golden State, Boston has the most to offer and Love would be a great fit with Rondo. Why Minnesota is so intrigued by Chicago and Sacramento’s deals…I don’t understand.

      The Bulls, Kings, and Warriors deals would send Minnesota right into mediocrity. Celtics’ offer gives them a chance to do a full rebuild. Think about how bad the Nets will be in 2016, 2017 and 2018…guess who owns those picks… Boston is the most logical trade partner for Minnesota.

  • Alan Craig

    Love wants to be on a good team not a rebuilding one like Celtics. Wolves believe they can be a playoff team next year and aren’t in rebuilding mode. Pekovic C and Brewer SF are both 28 years old Rubio 23 and they have 2 ones and a 2 from last year. They also have a 1 and 3 2nd rd choices this year. Warriors offer of Thompson and Lee would give Wolves 36 ppg 12rbs a game from last year. They would make Wolves a playoff caliber team and have 3 point shooting Thompson that’s better than Love. That’s a better deal than draft choices they already have. Warriors aren’t selling the farm for Love because he’s already leaving next year. If deal was made, then Love would not hesitate to sign with Warriors long term.