A lot of buzz was created on Wednesday when Kevin Love appeared on the TV show “SportsNation” and praised the New York Knicks’ organization when asked if he would like to be traded to the Big Apple. Naturally, Knicks fans took to social media to social media to discuss the possibility of the prized big man suiting up in orange and blue next season, but they should pump the brakes because the chances of Love playing in New York next year are slim to none.
First of all, Love has one year left on his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, so the only way he’s playing anywhere else in 2014 is if he’s traded. Put simply, the Knicks don’t have nearly enough assets to put in a package the T-Wolves would consider.
All the legitimate reports of possible landing spots for Love have involved other big-name star players and/or high draft picks. Considering Carmelo Anthony will be a free agent soon and the Knicks have no draft picks this year, they don’t have much to offer Minnesota in terms of a trade. If you think Amar’e Stoudemire is a player who could headline a package that would interest the Timberwolves, you should probably just stop watching basketball altogether.
It’s hard to tell if Love was just being nice and/or blowing smoke when he complemented the Knicks’ president and gave the usual “any time you have Phil Jackson involved…it’s definitely intriguing” bit. Everyone wants to play for a team run by Jackson, but we still don’t know Love’s true intention with his quest to find a new NBA home.
If Love wants to win, going to the Knicks might not necessarily be his best option. Sure, Jackson will probably have that team in playoff contention soon, but title contention would be at least three years away, even with a player like Love on board.
However, there have been lots of rumors about Love simply wanting to play for a large-market team and if that’s truly the case, then his interest in New York makes perfect sense.
Either way, it’ll never happen. Sure, we all heard the reports in May of how Jackson planned to give the expiring contracts of guys like Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert to the Timberwolves for cap space to use in free agency, but more recent and reliable reports state the Timberwolves are looking for a kings’ ransom in return to help their team now.
Expect Love to be traded to a team with a top-five pick and/or a superstar player who will be the new face of the Timberwolves franchise at some point this year.