Kevin Love isn’t set to become a free agent this summer, but he might as well be. The power forward seems to be as good as gone from the Minnesota Timberwolves, as evidenced by his unwillingness to sign a new contract with the franchise that drafted him.
If the T-Wolves are certain that Love will walk away next summer in free agency, then they’d be foolish not to deal him this offseason to at least get something in return. When it comes to star players leaving town, something in return is always better than nothing. Plus, it’s not like Minnesota is going to be doing much of anything with Love on its roster next season. At best they’d get bounced early in the WC playoffs.
So that brings us to the latest and greatest Kevin Love trade gossip:
After talking to league sources, my new top-three potential destinations for Kevin Love: 1. GSW. 2. Chicago. 3. Denver.
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) June 18, 2014
The thing to keep in mind here, is that it’s unclear if Love has any say whatsoever as to where he gets dealt. It’s unlikely that he does, but also not out of the question. If you’re the T-Wolves, you should probably care less about where the PF ends up. They just have to put themselves in the best possible situation moving forward.
But if the Golden State Warriors are indeed the favorites to land Love, it could end up being a win-win for both sides. Love would get to return home to California, while joining a playoff team ready to compete for a title. At the same time you’d have to think the T-Wolves would land a draft pick and a player like Harrison Barnes and/or David Lee in return.
There’s also been speculation about Klay Thompson being part of a possible Love trade, but it’s really hard to see the Warriors parting ways with one of the Splash Brothers.
Fans will have to wait and see what the coming weeks bring, but Kevin Love’s days in Minnesota are more than likely numbered.