Chicago Bulls' Trade Offer For Kevin Love Could Change Sweepstakes

By Andrew Fisher
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There’s certainly no shortage of teams willing to trade for Kevin Love. It seems that every time you fire up the internet there’s a new team in the mix for the All-Star power forward. But over this past weekend an interesting rumor emerged — Derrick Rose would prefer to play with Love over Carmelo Anthony.

Whether there’s any truth to the rumor, only Rose knows. But apparently he’s cited Love as more of a team player.

If the Chicago Bulls are going to make a run at Love, their offer is going to have to be strong. The Golden State Warriors appear to be the “front-runners” at this point with Klay Thompson, David Lee and draft picks potentially on the table. But you have to wonder if the latest rumored offer from the Bulls will be enough to move them into the “top spot” for the PF.

According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Chicago is willing to deal Taj Gibson, Tony Snell and both of its first-round draft picks this year (16, 19) for Love’s services.

So, is that potential offer from the Bulls enough?

Considering that Gibson is still under contract for two more years, it just might be. He wouldn’t be a rental, and the T-Wolves would then have the 13th, 16th and 19th picks in the 2014 draft. They could stand pat and draft three players to build around for the future, or parlay them into a higher selection and a potential star.

When you compare this to the rumored deal between Minnesota and Golden State (Thompson and Lee for Love, Kevin Martin, J.J. Barea and the 13th pick), the Bulls seems to have an edge in terms of flexibility. Thompson will become a free agent at the end of next year, so the T-Wolves could easily end up in another Love situation. The Gibson swap isn’t nearly as flashy, but it would surely open up Minnesota’s options moving forward.

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