Lakers News and Rumors Recap: Team Targeting Kevin Love Before Deadline
The NBA trade deadline is just two days away and once again, Kevin Love has been the focal point of trade talks. It was reported today that the Lakers and Mavericks are in the mix for Love as they both are trying to put together a package for the power forward that would tempt Minnesota to ship the All-Star west.
Love has two more years left with the Timberwolves before he will hit free agency. While the better move for the Lakers would be to wait until Summer 2015 to go after the Southern California native, it appears as if they will make the necessary moves to acquire Love before Thursday’s trade deadline.
Any package that the Lakers put together would have to include forward Pau Gasol, whose contract will expire this summer. The Lakers might also have to offer their first round pick in the upcoming draft.
Despite all of the rumors that Love will be moved within the next two days, Timberwolves’ President Flip Saunders has indicated that the team has no plans to move the perennial All-Star.
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Tony Parker Shut Down For Forseeable Future – NBC Sports
Kings, Nets Discussing Trade Centered Around Marcus Thorton, Jason Terry – NBC Sports
Rajon Rondo Linked To Trade Talks With Knicks – Star-Ledger
Lebron James Wants Longer All-Star Break – ESPN
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