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Report: Love wants out of Minny by July 1

Chuck - Red's Army May 27, 2014 Around the NBA, Rumors 7 Comments

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Yahoo’s Marc Spears has an update on the Kevin Love trade front. The Kings want in and Love wants out by the start of free-agency:

The Kings are willing to give up their eighth overall pick in this year’s NBA draft and a combination of players for Love, even though he would not be expected to sign a contract extension before next season – if ever, with the rebuilding, small-market franchise, the source said. Sacramento envisions Love and DeMarcus Cousins playing alongside each other in the front court. Swingman Rudy Gay has a player’s option for next season.

The Kings know they’d have to gamble on convincing Love to re-sign, given that the franchise is rebuilding and Love is looking to play for a contender after never reaching the playoffs with the Timberwolves. Love’s suitors also figure to include a number of bigger markets, including the Boston CelticsLos Angeles LakersNew York KnicksGolden State WarriorsHouston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.

Love’s representatives with Excel Sports have pushed Timberwolves president Flip Saunders to find an acceptable trade prior to the start of free agency in July. Without a trade, Love plans to opt out of his contract in the summer of 2015 and likely leave Minnesota as a free agent.

This deal will happen by draft night (June 26). It was kind of Spears to include the Lakers in the list of suitors, even though they have no assets outside of the #7 pick.

As for Sacramento rolling the dice on dealing for Love sans an extension, good luck with that. Before you laugh off Sactown, know that they do have some assets to pull off a deal. I don’t see why Love would commit long term to a franchise that – aside from a 5 year span in the early 2000s – hasn’t done anything right.

Remember Carmelo Anthony? He’s the guy who was dominating the headlines before Love burst on the scene. He might be forced to return to NY and take a paycut:

Anthony’s potential decision to re-sign with the Knicks may be by default. Two of his prime candidates, Houston and Chicago, still have to get far enough under the salary cap to make it worth it for Anthony. The Bulls may have to rid themselves of Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson on a squad that was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. Plus, Anthony would be banking on the uncertain future of the oft-injured Derrick Rose.

The Rockets were also knocked out in the first round and need to get rid of Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to get under the salary cap. Meanwhile, the Lakers have cap space, but sources maintain they aren’t too interested in Anthony as a fit with Kobe Bryant. Nor is Lakers president Jeanie Buss enthralled with stealing Anthony from Jackson, her fiancé.

Dallas is also said to be interested in Anthony but also has to get under the salary cap. The Knicks still remain strong favorites, even if Jackson isn’t off to a sizzling start.

It’s going to be a fun summer…

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  • Curt Hays

    If Carmelo goes to Dallas, it’ll be very interesting. Dirk at the 4, Carmelo at the 3, and Monte at the 2 is a really scary team…especially with Jose Calderon dishing the ball to them.

    • forever_green

      Maybe on O, but there’s no D.

  • Rich Jensen

    “Nor is Lakers president Jeanie Buss enthralled with stealing Anthony from Jackson, her fiancé.”

    Would someone remind me, again, why the NBA thought this arrangement was a good idea?

    • CFH

      I love that the Lakers are stuck in this ownership mess. Jeanie Buss puts her romantic relationship above what’s best for the team…

      And she’s the SMART sibling in the equation.

      • LA Flake

        And she wants her season ticket holders to renew, so, they can come and watch Lebron, Kevin Durant and all the other exciting NBA stars play at the Staples Center. And if they renew, they can come and see Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Timberlake in person! How exciting!!!

  • Rich Conte

    Cleveland holds some of the cards here. If they are motivated to move the #1 overall for Love, it will be tough for anyone to trump that deal (presuming of course that Love is amenable). Otherwise, it really comes down to whether Flip values picks vs. established players. if the former, the C’s are in great position. I can see arguments for going either direction, but hoping that Flip wants to clean house. It’s interesting that MN has the #13 pick. I wonder if Ainge would entertain moving both #6 and #17 (along with 1 or 2 other future picks and some players) if MN includes #13 in the deal? Also, in terms of future picks, I’d think the C’s would be highly motivated to move some of their 2015 and 2016 picks in a Love deal (or a supporting deal) in order to keep their cap sheet cleaner to go after a third player in Free Agency in 2015 or 2016.

  • forever_green

    Get Love, keep Rondo & bring back Paul.