Posted November 12, 2013

Knicks reportedly ‘devising a strategy to lure’ Kevin Love in 2015

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Wolves forward Kevin Love is averaging 26.4 points, 15 rebounds and five assists through the first two weeks of the regular season. (David Liam Kyle/Getty Images)

Wolves forward Kevin Love is averaging 26.4 points, 15 rebounds and five assists through the first two weeks of the regular season. (David Liam Kyle/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks front office is already reportedly positioning itself to sign Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love when the All-Star is eligible to become a free agent in two years.

According to a report Tuesday from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Knicks will use their commitment to try to sign Love as an incentive to bring back forward Carmelo Anthony if he tests free agency this summer. The team is also prepared to offer Anthony a five-year, $130 million extension to re-sign.

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“Through the decay and debris of a crumbling infrastructure, chasing the championship parade that never marches, the New York Knicks’ recruitment to retain Carmelo Anthony comes with the promise to pursue Kevin Love into the franchise’s 2015 salary-cap space…the Knicks are sold on Love in 2015, sources tell Yahoo Sports, and they’ve already begun devising a strategy to lure him when the time comes.”

The 25-year-old Love, who signed a four-year deal with the Wolves last year, is scheduled to make $14.6 million this year with Minnesota and $15.7 million with the team next season before becoming eligible for free agency. If he remains in Minnesota beyond next season, he would make $16.7 million for the 2015-16 season.

The Knicks, meanwhile, “are buried in salary-cap hell through 2014,” as Wojnarowski writes, but will have freed up nearly $50 million by the time the team finishes paying Amar’e Stoudemire ($23.4 million) Tyson Chandler ($14.3 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($12 million) when their contracts expire after next season.

Love, who was named the league’s Most Improved Player in 2011, is currently averaging 26.4 points, 15 rebounds and five assists through the first two weeks of the regular season.

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28 comments
MarcN
MarcN

Rondo, Melo, Love.  Man, that's some team, all for the cost of $$$ and Iman Shumpert.  I liked it better in the 90s when you weren't entirely sure who was a free agent or when free agency didn't seem to take the best players from teams.  You just followed the NBA and your favorite team.  You didn't think about 2015, teams didn't seem to clear out cap space and throw away seasons for the hope of getting a great player.

J Taylor
J Taylor

How about the Lakers have a scheme...

If Rudy Gay Opts out, Lebron and Anthony don't come to LA, then Rudy would be the guy. Then, in 2015 when Love can opt out, he does not, and gets traded for Love. Then in 2016, Durant is a free agent....


John4
John4

I'm clearly not the brightest guy, (as many other commenters have pointed out multiple times!) but I'm guessing the Knicks' strategy will be: "Offer Kevin Love a boatload of money".  How's that for "strategy"?

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Melo will be gone to LA by next season. He is smart enough to say all the right things this season, but he will be history come June. La La will convince him that her big break will now come in LA.

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

The best way to "lure" Love or any good player to the Knicks is to get rid of James Dolan. 

Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

Melo gonna convince Knicks to trade the expiring guys after the season to get mediocre players who aint gonna help em win anything.  


If yer in NYC and you want to see playoff basketball, then you are gonna be in Brooklyn.

KingSheep
KingSheep

Both of their best positions are the 4 spot... Knicks need to start thinking about assembling a team correctly before they just blindly throw money at players. 

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

they also want Melo to stay, so they are devising a plan to get Lala's phone number and ask  "will you let melo stay and not move to LA" 

M20
M20

A commitment to try to sign Kevin Love a year later is supposed to convince Melo to stay next offseason? While they're still in cap hell through next season, and with nothing near any guarantee that they'll get Love? OK, brilliant plan guys

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Step 1: Make sure I. Thomas has no connection at all with the team.

Step 2: Make sure I. Thomas has no connection at all with the team.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

So the Knicks are going to get LeBron AND Love. Wow. They'll be great. Now if only the new commissioner figures out a way to make sure they get Wiggins in this year's draft they will be guaranteed to win the championship, right?

NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

I would rather see the Lakers wait one more year and go after Love than overpay anyone not named Lebron James. Lakers probably have a 10% or less chance at James so why not sign Love who is a great young player, has the UCLA connections and can be a cornerstone without issues(unlike Howard). Been hoping for Love on the Lakers for years and if he does not resign with the Wolves, I would like to think the Lakers would have the next best chance.

Irishlad715
Irishlad715

The Raptors really made them look stupid with the Bargnani trade.

JubJub
JubJub

This is news?

If Love becomes a free agent, every team in the league with cap space is going to pursue him.  

JubJub
JubJub

Her big break is on a stripper pole, and they're just as greasy in LA as New York. She'll be right at home in either place.

MarcusPearl
MarcusPearl

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius The only thing is will he take a paycut. the Most the Lakers can offer him is 96 million while the Knicks can offer him 129 million. it's a very strong possibility especially if LaLa wants to move to LA. 

JubJub
JubJub

Hard to get good phone reception in the gutter.

John4
John4

@Rickapolis Really?  You're going with that Patrick Ewing lottery "fix" still?  That was almost 30 years ago.  Let it go.  Clearly there was NO fix.  The Knicks had a 1 in 7 chance and won.  That's all.  

cjackson3
cjackson3

Love and Marc Gasol would be quite the Twin Towers.  Getting both is within the realm of possibility...  I think there games could be complimentary.

John124
John124

You r so smart, Steve Novak has outplayed Dwight Howard in his career.

doghockey
doghockey

@Irishlad715 How?   With those zero games that Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson played for them?   The 1.0 ppg that Steve Novak is pouring in?   The second round picks that rarely turn into anything?   Or the first rounder three seasons away?

J Taylor
J Taylor

@MarcusPearl @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius  

It's not a paycut if he can resign in the 5th year for the same?

Or, instead of taking a reduced salary for years 6-8, he resigns early and gets more money. Melo @ 33 won't make as much as Melo @  32.

M20
M20

@cjackson3 What kind of player will Gasol be two years from now? Tough to say. He's 33 now...

wingzm
wingzm

@cjackson3 ..the only way that happens is if Gasol goes to Minnesota.  Other than that, "no"

JustinParisi
JustinParisi

@doghockey @Irishlad715 By the fact that Bargnani and his 2 year and 22mil is on the Knicks' books and not the Raptors'. Sometimes it's addition by subtraction. Do you think the Raptors actually wanted players back for Bargnani?

M20
M20

@doghockey @JustinParisi The Raptors absolutely pulled one over on NY. Those picks are infinitely more valuable than Bargnani's non-production. If you think the first rounder is less valuable because it's 3 years away, you're using the same foolish roster construction logic as the Knicks. The pick is all the more valuable to the Knicks given that they've traded just about as many picks away as they can. The Knicks went all in for a team with a low ceiling and acquired one of the worst starters in the NBA. A shooting big man who's not a great shooter and has the rebound rates of a sub 6 foot guard. It was a dumb move, and the Knicks results will bear that out this season, and next, and beyond.

doghockey
doghockey

@JustinParisi And the Knicks can afford it and are getting production from the guy.   This is hardly a case of the Raptors pulling one over on NY.