Posted February 18, 2014

Report: Lakers, Mavericks trying to acquire Kevin Love before trade deadline

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Kevin Love made his third All-Star team this season. (Garrett Ellwood/National Basketball/Getty Images)

Kevin Love made his third All-Star team this season. (Garrett Ellwood/National Basketball/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are each trying to put together a package that would entice the Minnesota Timberwolves into trading Kevin Love, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

Lakers and Mavericks officials both hope that an offer of expiring contracts and premium draft picks could persuade the team to move Love before the team loses him to free agency. However, according to the report, it is unlikely that Timberwolves’ president Flip Saunders would be willing to part with Love.

Love will be a free agent in 2015, and it is widely known around the league that he and his agent, New York-based Jeff Schwartz, are determined to get him to a major market. The Lakers, Love’s first choice, “have the best shot” of landing the Southern California native, one person familiar with the player’s thinking said.

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The Timberwolves have struggled throughout Love’s five years with the team and are currently six games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.


23 comments
jacoblee23
jacoblee23

Why go to those junky teams? Go to the Wariors! At least they are a winning team plus your with great players like Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala.

RoseAnnH
RoseAnnH

KEVIN LOVE TO MAVERICKS !

BrosephVanSlyke
BrosephVanSlyke

Why does the NBA need the NBADL when franchises like Cleveland and Minnesota are just farm clubs for the large markets anyway?

Patokev
Patokev

Love is not a southern California native. He was born there, sure, but he grew up in Portland, Oregon. Used to watch him play for Lake Oswego in high school.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

I love reading these constant non-existent stories of how teams without players and draft choices of value are trying to trade for stars like Kevin Love, etc. Its like me saying I'm trying to acquire Angelina Jolie for a girlfriend. That and 50 cents won't get you on a Subway. It seems 25% of Sports Illustrated stories are about events that will never happen. Who the F cares!

wetmouse
wetmouse

Cuban always shoots his mouth off. But he fires blanks.

And the Timberwolves can miss the playoffs even without Love. Too bad the Lakers don't have a single asset anyone on Earth wants.

J Taylor
J Taylor

Mark Cuban is chumming the waters making news for his team. And in the process have dragged the Lakers into the discussion.


john0834
john0834

The Bulls have the best shot out of anyone to get Love. Bulls own all of their 1st round draft picks for the next 3 years. They have a conditional 1st from Charlotte. They have a conditional first from Sacramento. They own the rights to the best foreign player (nikola mirotic). They also can include Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson or Tony Snell as young quality pieces. Im not saying the BUlls would trade all of these pieces, since that would be too much, but they have ALOT to work with.


All these options offer the Timberwoles WAY more than they would get from anyone else in the entire league can offer. And that still leaves the Bulls with Noah and Rose as establised all-stars. And K-Love and D-Rose are known to be friends. And there is only 2 other cities in the country bigger than Chicago.


Sign me up

Worthy42
Worthy42

Trade 2014 and 2016 unprotected picks + Meeks + Jordan Hill for Love. Resign Gasol. Fire MDA. Contend next year.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@Patokev  He was born there = NATIVE. He also played his college ball there and lives there. 

WilliamCross
WilliamCross

You're right, don't trade him to the Lakers, let him go on his own in a year. Either way he's a Laker.

stewartjk1
stewartjk1

@john0834 If Love is determined to play in LA, then why would Chicago trade first round draft picks to rent him for a year or two.  The only way that would make sense is if they were "one Kevin Love away" from an NBA title contender, which they aren't.  Also they already have a Kevin Love-- his name is Joakim Noah.  They have the same skill set.  There is zero chance Chicago trades for him.

wetmouse
wetmouse

@john0834 Only one city in the top 20 cities in America has a slower growth rate than Chicago. That would be Detroit.

Ouch!

Chicago is yesterday's town. No one considers it a top 3 media market anymore. Cold, tired, old.

careystephen
careystephen

@Worthy42  You can't trade those pics because you owe the Suns a '15 1st and if you think the Wolves are taking 2 non-lottery 1sts, Meeks & Hill then you are totally clueless about the value of all the players in this deal.

jacoblee23
jacoblee23

He won't be a Laker if he wants to be on a winning team. He'd go to a playoff team like OKC, Miami, or Golden State.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@wetmouse @john0834  Your post doesn't make any sense at all.   Chicago *is* the 3rd largest media market and one of the wealthiest cities in the country.   If you don't agree then you don't know what those words mean.


Now whether Love wants to play in Chicago if he can play in LA, where he lives in the off season, where he went to college, and near where he grew up, is another issue entirely.  Having lived in both cities I can definitely understand the appeal of LA.  


Aaron14
Aaron14

@careystephen @Worthy42  They can trade the picks and this one looks like a lottery pick more and more by the day. The Lakers could also clear a ton of cap space for anybody they deal with if that interests Minnesota 

Worthy42
Worthy42

Forgot about that back to back pick rule. But this years pick will most definitely be a lottery pick (and likely top 5). May just be better to keep it and try to snag him as a FA next summer....but by then Kobe will be done.

jacoblee23
jacoblee23

How 'bout he either stays Minnisota or goes to the bay to play with Golden State.