Chicago Bulls Would Be Making Huge Mistake Trading For Kevin Love

By Brian Neal
Kevin Love Chicago Bulls
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The latest on where Minnesota Timberwolves PF Kevin Love could end up is the Golden State Warriors in a deal that would include at least David Lee and Klay Thompson. This has led some to wonder what the Chicago Bulls‘ next move could be regarding the star forward. And actually, many believe the Bulls should make an offer right now to top the Warriors’ proposal and bring Love in to join forces with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

While Love is obviously a tremendous talent and perhaps the best traditional four in the game, Chicago would be making a mistake trading for him. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with Love or that he wouldn’t improve the Bulls in the right situation, but they would simply have to give up too much to acquire him and they’d still have a major issue not fixed: a great player on the wing.

If the rumors are true of this potential deal with the Warriors, beating an offer that includes quality players such as Lee and Thompson is no small feat. There are also rumblings of the Denver Nuggets offering up at least Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried — again, a tough package to beat.

That means if the Bulls are to try and make a run at Love, they’re going to have to give up at least two of Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic, as well as at least one of their picks in the first round of the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft. If it’s the former two of that trio of players, they’d lose a ton of defense that won’t be easily replaced. And don’t forget, the Bulls would be very tight up against the cap after a deal like this with no way to fix one of their major issues: the lack of a dynamic wing player.

It’s hard to pass up on one of the elite scorers and rebounders in the game, such as Love, but there is a better way to bring in that production, and that comes in the form of free agent Carmelo Anthony. Except in the case of Anthony, the Bulls would be able to sign him outright and keep all three of those players as well as both of their draft picks this year. In acquiring Anthony this way, it also fixes the team’s need of a talented wing player. And don’t underestimate that need, because if — God forbid — Rose goes down with another injury, they need ball-handlers and playmakers. Love can get his own shot, but he can’t bring the ball up the court or have the offense run through him. Melo could potentially do that for a period if need-be.

Therefore, don’t go all in on Love, Gar Forman and John Paxson. The smart plan of action is to stay the course and chase Melo. If they don’t land him, they’ll still have plenty of cap space to fill out a solid roster that, if the main players can stay healthy, would still be able to contend in 2014-15.

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