Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love seems to be making headlines lately as a report has made it’s way out claiming that Love wants out of Minnesota. Kevin Love’s contract with the Wolves is set to be up next summer and he will be able to go out on the free agent market to pick any team of his choice.
If Love wants out of Minnesota that badly, there might be an issue for the Wolves as they’d lose him and gain nothing in return. The rebounding force known as Kevin Love would be a major miss for Minnesota.
The report comes from Yahoo Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski, the 25-year-old All-Star has informed Minnesota he has no plans to remain with the team beyond next season:
“Beyond the coaching search, the Wolves are under pressure to start considering trade scenarios for Love, who’s anxious to exercise his Early Termination Option (ETO) in the summer of 2015 and leave as a free agent, league sources said.
“For the first time, [Saunders] sounds like looking at deals for [Love] is an option,” one rival executive told Yahoo Sports.”
This is huge for Kevin Love because he can leave for a contending team or a bigger market, something he has wanted to do for a number of years. Due to Love’s scoring and rebounding skills, he will have interest from multiple parties. Due to this, Love would have value if put up for trade. Several teams such as the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks would love to get him in free agency.
The Boston Celtics, LA Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and Phoenix Suns are among the leading candidates to make a hard push for Love next summer. However, all would trade for him as well if they knew they could compete right away with him present. The Warriors for example are a stacked team that easily has enough stars right now to make noise.
Having Kevin Love there could really make them a contender immediately. Very few people can make an immediate impact, but most feel that Love could do that on the Warriors. Meanwhile, he would be a piece to a larger puzzle with LA, Boston, and Phoenix.
As for trade, LA and Boston could have the best trade value as both have lottery picks and the NBA Draft could provide a good replacement for Love when he is traded. This would give both the Wolves and either LA/Boston a good trade on both sides. A trade needs to benefit both teams, otherwise it’s useless to do. A player and picks would be a big help. LA can go no lower than the ninth pick and Boston can go no lower than the eighth.
Kevin Love will most likely be traded, but if he’s not then Minnesota will lose out on a lot. A sign/trade might be the idea a team goes, but if not then Love would be traded and could leave in the summer costing the team he is traded to significantly. We will have see what comes of it, stay tuned to The Inquisitr for more as we know it.
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