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Lakers News: Kevin Love Addresses Free Agency In 2015, Los Angeles

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With the Los Angeles Lakers failing to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 season, much of the discussion has been about how the Lakers will rebuild. While the Lakers will have a lottery pick in this year’s draft, there was speculation earlier on Friday that they may try to trade the pick for Kevin Love.

Following the 143-107 Timberwolves win, Love addressed his upcoming free agency in 2015 and Los Angeles according to Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan:

“You know, my parents lived there and they had me there. It’s not my fault,” he said. “I don’t really care about that right now. I just go out there and play and don’t think about it.”

With the Lakers struggling, all the talk seems to center around Love. At different points of the season, many executives have spoken up and believe that the All-Star power forward will eventually make his way to Los Angeles. During the trade deadline, there were rumors the Lakers were actually trying to acquire him as well.

Since Love is still a member of the Timberwolves, these comments shouldn’t come as a surprise. In an interview with GQ Magazine a couple months ago, Love said Minnesota had the better team and foundation. However, he has also voiced his frustrations throughout the season about a team that was built for and supposed to make the playoffs.

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While Love becomes a free agent in 2015, there will continue to be conversations about him and the Lakers. Although rebuilding the Lakers into a championship contender in two seasons is a more realistic goal, Kobe Bryant’s recent comments may have forced the team’s hand.

With a high lottery pick and ample cap room, the Lakers do have an opportunity to turn the franchise around as early as this summer. The Lakers have 10 games remaining in the season and will look to avoid being the worst team in franchise history.
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  • red

    The Lakers don’t need to trade their their pick. he will sign in LA next year

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Random, but have you ever lived in NE?

    • michael

      why not having love for next season? We wont draft a good player (wont be top 5) and love could change his mind.

      • vdogg

        so since you can tell the future and all, what pick WILL the lakers get?

        • Adam Silver

          Lakers get #1

        • Dro

          #3
          Andrew Wiggins

      • Jim213

        Per Dave McMenamin (ESPNLA), Kevin Love is ALSO open to playing for the New York Knicks or Chicago Bulls. If the Lakers can acquire a TOP 4 pick they should wait until 2015FA otherwise it should be considered. Don’t have confidence that FO can close out deals as history shows.

      • Dro

        Won’t get a good Draft pick!?
        There are 20 solid players in this year’s Draft
        The deepest Draft in nba history so we will definitely get a good pick
        And Love will come to LA, it’s his hometown, and he’ll get to play along side the 2nd best player in nba history also the best player to ever wear a Lakers uniform

        • Name

          Magic retired a while ago

    • KobeBean

      But Kobe wants to win now.

      • TheTruthKills

        At this point it doesn’t matter what Kobe wants. We shouldn’t squander our future just to please one player.

        • KobeBean

          I want Kobe to go out strong though.

        • Computer Networking

          I agree and disagree. It does matter what kobe wants but at the same time, if what he wants is unrealistic then what he wants wouldn’t matter. I believe contending next season is realistic and the future can still look bright.

        • Dro

          Clearly you’re dumb.
          We will do whatever Kobe wants us to do.
          If he wants his 6th ring we will do whatever it takes to get him that next season.
          Why?
          Because he is 1 of the very rare players to stay on the Lakers team his whole career from start to finish
          He bleeds purple and gold
          He’s tied for Greatest Of All Time honors
          Once he gets his 6th ring he will be the Greatest Of All Time and for the Lakers and ever single Laker fan out there that would mean everything to us
          The day Kobe retires from the NBA will be the saddest day since MJ retired.

          • Computer Networking

            Obviously you don’t have a business type mind at all. Lol. Try thinking out of the box. Try and find a way to be competitive next season and beyond. What good will a draft pick do if the lakers is just going to take developed players from other teams anyway? Maybe you should have looked at that point before you decided to throw the word dumb out there. There are things that we can do to be competitive next season and would put the lakers in a good position moving forward. Tell me its impossible and I will agree with you that I’m dumb.

          • TheTruthKills

            Kobe is our GM? Kobe is our President of Basketball Operations? So no, we won’t be doing whatever he wants to do. Keep living in those fantasies of yours and keep trying to reassure your own intelligence. Kobe is great and he does bleed purple and gold. But that doesn’t mean we throw away draft picks and future assets just for his sake. Realistically speaking, his chances at a sixth ring died when the ink dried on his extension. But hey, at least he can chase that scoring record and mentor our lottery pick. You don’t have to like, but you should learn to accept it.

          • Computer Networking

            Say what you want, but you can not convince me that
            Getting love for a draft pick is foolish. Matter of fact, you can. Tell me that the lakers won’t have an opportunity to sign any of those coveted players in the future once they gain experience in the nba. Tell me that bench players that is currently on the lakers is not good enough to be bench players.you could say it, but then we would be talking about your intelligence. They can resign whomever they want by cba rules and go over the salary cap. So here is a scenario. You tell me if its possible. The lakers have 22 million left. Give up the draft pick for love. That’s 15 million. Waive nash. 16 million left after waiving nash. Sign deng at 10 million. Sign lowry for 10 million. They can go over the cap because they had money left to sign a player or they can work his contract to give him more on the back end of his contract. No you resign gasol, hill, young, bazemore, marshall, kaman. This can be done because cba rules states that you can go over the cap to resign players. Now I’m not narrow minded, so here is a way to keep the draft pick and still get love. Contact memphis and
            Minnesota. Offer a three way trade. Memphis wants randolph gone so randolph goes to minnesota forhis last year on contract, gasol goes to memphis witb his brother, and love comes to the lakers. Memphis would give up their draft pick to minnesota to make the pot sweeter and every is happy. Lakers can go after monroe and lowry and try to trade up to get jabari parker because they will need a small forward at his caliber.

            Point here is that there is moren than one way to be competitive like kobe wants and still have a future. You are only looking at one aspect. Look at more options other than what you want or see as being the only choice.

          • TheTruthKills

            My response wasn’t to you. You should pay attention before you go sticking your chest out. As far as your “ideas”, I’m glad you’re finding enjoyment out of the My GM Mode on NBA 2K. Either that or you need to lay off the caffeine kid. I don’t need to tell you why most of that stuff you type doesn’t work. As soon as you mentioned waiving Nash I knew once again that you weren’t paying attention. The Lakers are keeping him and he wants that money. That’s been reported. For fun, let’s say one of your fantasies does come true. Are we good enough to come out of the West? Because last I checked the Thunder, Clippers, and Spurs still exist. So we’re basically going all in for second round playoff exits now? Whatever, as long as Kobe is pleased right? I thought we did things the Lakers way, not the Kobe way. I must be mistaken.

          • Computer Networking

            Ok. Lets look at this. Where will the lakers be next season if they don’t make a move? Barely in the playoff if they make it that far. Mitch is doing a good job, but at the same time he is part of why the lakers are in the mess that they are in. You can say I’m living in a fantasy world, but that fantasy can be a reality. I’m giving options and pretty good options at that. The lakers need to contention and a draft pick is not going to make that happen. That is your answer. To get a draft pick and hope that he becomes good enough for the future. That’s not the laker way. Kobe got on the lakers because the lakers were deep enough for him to grow. Other than him, you had magic that was drafted. Once again they were deep enough to allow him to grow, but what about kareem, shaq and gasol. They came because the lakers wanted to revamp the team , not start over. When have the lakers started over? But now your answer is to start over and rebuild. That’s not good enough. With the team that I gave, I believe that would be championship contender and not just playoff contention. In my opinion, the thunder and the warriors would be the only competition after this season. This season is the spurs last chance because they are about to be in the same boat as the lakers. How long you think duncan is going to be effectective? Ginobli stays injured. Parkker is solid by can’t do it by himself. As far as the clippers, I’m not sold. Good team but they will never come out of the west. All I’m saying is if we can keep our pick and still get love, do it. If not, in my opinion, let it go and get love

  • Max Powers

    Red is correct, no need to trade their draft pick. he’ll sign in LA in 2015. he just cant talk about since he’s still under contract. Next season will be better!

    • michael

      Hod do you know? Maybe he wont and we will get a bad pick?

      • Max Powers

        Because i am kevin love…just kidding. Everyone knows that Kevin Love wants to be a Laker. Like i said before he cant talk about since hes under contract still. And regardless of how the draft goes, we have atleast a 1-5 pick coming towards us. this years draft is deep. i have faith in Jeanie and the lakers organization to rebuild this upcoming season. We’ll be back to the way how were used to playing in no time..dont be so negative man!

    • Computer Networking

      There is no guarantee in 2015. Remember, chicago and new york will have the money to get him by that point in time. Why not throw away the pick. How many successful draft picks have later come to play for the lakers. The lakers wouldn’t be giving up anything by giving up the pick. They can get jabari later with more experience and better than he is nowbin the future. They wouldn’t be giving up the future. Once again, the lakers don’t rebuild they revamp which means they go out and get players once they gain experience. Yes, you can talk about some picks that they got coming out of the draft that became great, but you can also talk about who they brought in that were key to winning championships.

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    Lakers need a player to take over the throne when Kobe retires. Can Love be that man, or does the Lakers FO feel confident a player like Exum, Wiggins, Parker, or any of the top players in the draft can develop into that role?

    Love is a perform now guy for another what, four, five, six years? A draft pick COULD be that guy for another 10 or more.

    Plus, can we get Love in FA in 2015? That would allow us to draft this year, but risk him signing elsewhere in 2015. Is it a smart risk or no?

    • KobeBean

      I’d rather go for the trade because it’ll take some time for the rook to learn the ropes.

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        So you’d trade our pick to get Love instead of waiting until next off season to possibly sign him AND have our draft pick? Why now as opposed to one more season?

        • KobeBean

          Lets not forget Love is eyeing the Knicks and the Bulls that already have some key elements on their teams to be finals contenders. Getting Love and showing him the winning ways of La with a healthy Kobe and probably the acquirement of another star should keep Love happy.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Just playing Devil’s Advocate here, but isn’t that what folks said about Dwight?

            Is there a player in the draft you’d be willing to pick over a K. Love trade?

          • KobeBean

            Definitely Wiggins,Parker, or Exum if we don’t land in top 4 we definitely should make that trade.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            I’d assume any trade would be a draft day trade, right? I’d guess there is still a chance one of those guys could fall to five or six. I agree with your three though.

            Why no Embiid? I’m a fan of post players and shot blockers, so naturally I enjoy the thought of one with a high ceiling.

          • KobeBean

            Because Embiid might have an injury issue and might not even enter the draft. And yeah probably Exum could not be top 4 depends on what the other teams need.

          • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

            Hm. Thought I saw an article on here about him entering the draft according to a “Yahoo! source.”

          • KobeBean

            Wait let me search…

          • KobeBean

            Yeah they say he will announce soon.

          • Computer Networking

            One or more of those players will most likely play for the lakers later anyway. Why not let them go and gain nba experience and pull them in later

          • Zimmeredge

            no diss to you but you guy live in a fairy world where the lakers can still splash the cash on the table to attract whoever they want.

            that’s not gonna happen anymore. if you don’t lay the foundation with a present and a future then you’re screwed. You have to play it smart. We have a great GM in Kupchak. Other than it’s just question mark over question mark. Pau might stay or leave. We do not know at which level of game Kobe is gonna get back and we are supposed to trade our future (and if we get Exum/Parker/Wiggins/Embiid our future is bright) to get Love.

            No man, we have to play it cool and be patient. Develop our draft pick. try to assemble a good team for next season and try to go after Love in 15.

            Why?

            A Po team in LA does not require Love at all cost. Not to mention that in minny, the team is playing around him. So you don’t know how things gonna work in LA without a true pg to organize and adjust the game to his talent. But, what is sure is that if we go all over again with the same guys, a healthy roster all season and a different coach we are probably a 8th seed or at least on top of minny… Of course, Love is a 26/12/5′s player so he will be a huge boost for us.
            The knicks have a star studded roster and they won’t make the PO in a depleted east coast. Melo might leave over the summer especially if they don’t make it to post season. they have a huge cap issue so they are really unlikely to get Love even in 2015. They are at the crossroads (just like us) and they won’t be a competitive team until 2016. I just can’t envision Kevin Love wearing the Bulls’ jersey coz’ he does not have the grit and guts to play in windy city.

            and if we end up having Love this summer and suck again big time then he will leave. No draft, no Love, No nothing in the end. to sum it up we are not in a good situation to get after him because we do not have a clear plan on the table. We do not have good foundation for him. we have other major priorities such as who’s gonna guard with Kobe, who will play the forward and center positions, who’s gonna coach? what our bench will look like. so no hurry. Love won’t leave minny until next summer because i don’t see anyteam (even us) in a position to give Minny a good trade bait.
            I mean all we have to offer is a draft pick and out of top five minny won’t talk with anybody. besides, you said that developping a player takes time. So why the wolves will accept that trade if they don’t get an immediat impact player in return? they have the upper hand on this one. Bulls only have an old Booz and C’s have role players to give them. Knicks are screwed until next summer at least (maybe 16) and if Melo goes away this summer then all of a sudden they are not so much attractive.

          • Computer Networking

            You have a valid point, but look how many years the lakers has revamped and not rebuilt. They were successful every time, so why couldnt it work this time. Wee don’t have to throw a bunch of money out there to be competitive. We need players to make us competitive that are also valuable trade assets. For example, go get kyle lowry and drop nash. Kyle lowdy gives you what you need to get kyrie irving. Irving isn’t going to resign with cleveland. Therefore, it is possible and highly probable to get irving. Cleveland isn’t going to lose him for nothing. He is a free agent in 15 also. Of course the lakers are going to go after deng or granger. Personally I would rather deng because granger is injury prone, but either way it makes us more competitive. Then resign gasol last because by cba rules, teams can only go over the salsry cap if they are resigning a player or receiving someone from the draft. We can resign other players from our bench. Bring back kaman, sacre is already going to be there, young , bazemore, farmar and/or marshall.

            There is another option. We can keep our draft pick and resign gasol. Before the trade deadline, try to do a three way trade with minnesota and memphis. Send gasol to memphis, memphis wants to get rid of randolph so send randolph to minnesota. Minnesota would only have to have him for one season before his contract is up. Then send love to the lakers.

          • Zimmeredge

            You can’t revamp this time for the simple fact that Kobe Bryant our main player and superstar is a 36yo question mark. Got the achilles and then the knee. If he ever happen to get a 20/5/5 well that might be the best comeback ever. But it’s a huge “IF”. There’s no certainty about that. Last time we revamped around him he was in his prime, mvp and all the accolades.
            Now, you just can’t bring in a player and hope for playoff spot. That’s not enough. We have to keep our lottery player this time. Go to the playoff on our own and then next season you’ll have a better opportunity to have Love.

          • Computer Networking

            Why can’t the lakers revamp? Kobe is only one piece of the puzzle. We can go after lowry and monroe. This gives us trade value in case we want to make a move elsewhere and if not, it gives us capable players that can push towards a championship if we add love for the draft pick.

            Lowry, kobe, deng, gasol or love, monroe

            Is this not a good lineup? With the right coach, I believe this lineup could be a championship contender. It has shooting, youth, athleticism, veteranship

            Then we could go after kyrie irving for a iving/lowry swap . To revamp a team, you need trade assets. These guys are definitely trade assets.

          • Zimmeredge

            you can’t assemble that team. and you don’t have a good bench too.

            Lowry will get 10, Kobe is 25, Deng at least 10, Gasol at least 12/ Love is 15 and Monroe at least 8.

            cba and luxury tax are a huge problem as we are a repeater offender. That could hamper our freedom in the FA. So we have to take our time to rebuild the team.

            what can happen over the summer though is we get Embiid via draft luckily and then we get after Melo. Or Wiggins/Parker then we can get someone like Thomas, Lowry or Stephenson plus Monroe. Or we go after Exum and we try to get Deng and Monroe.

            But I can’t see us do any move for love at this point. It will coast us too much in salary cap and in our future. The boy won’t come in our franchise after what happened this season. We have to proove we are still legit on our own. Melo is different in that regard. He might miss the playoff with a star studded roster in the east. It’s a huge fail for him. But even for Melo. It’s gonna be really complicated as we are not in the best situation to attract him. He wants to win a title as fast as possible. The Bulls and the Rockets are probably in a better situation. He won’t leave NYK if he doesn’t have a true title shot within a year or two. That, plus the fact that he has almost equally kobe’s wage. The two of them are in the same mindset.

            LAL’s schedule:
            -who’s gonna win the league this year (Lebron’s decision part 2)
            -the lottery annoucement (our rank)
            -the draft (who we gonna get)
            -coaching decision. MDA again or stop?
            -Gasol and Nash decisions. Gasol will leave if D’antony remains. He might stay if MDA leaves. Nash will be stretch if that’s the case imo.
            -the FA (will be determined by our coach, our draftee and Gasol)

          • Computer Networking

            Still don’t see why not. Waive nash. This gives 32 million to spend. 10 on lowry, 10 on deng and 10 on monroe. Gaasol and the bench that we have can be resigned also. Cba rules says that a team can go over the salary cap on players that they resign, draft players, or a sign and trade. So if we can get love, it would be a sign and trade.

        • Computer Networking

          There is better looking competition that wants to sign him. Thats why. Get the upperhand by getting him now. Yes its a possibility that he could leave anyway but if you are gonna go after him, go after him with everything. The lakers don’t have to worry about their future because remember the lakers don’t rebuild, the lakers revamp.

    • Computer Networking

      I think it would be worth it. People believe that you need a superstar to build around, but that’s not true. You need a solid player to build around and love is just that in my opinion. Second, understand something. If the lakers can bring in love, I can guarantee you that they can bring in kyrie irving. But what do you do? Trade for love and woo him and give him some insight or show him the plan so that he can help to build, or wait for him to go on the market and allow phil jackson and carmelo give him a better vision? We need to get the upper hand and if that means giving up the first round pick, I say do it.

  • kobe24

    I don’t see why Lakers would want to trade their (most likely) top 5 pick away for Kevin Love. Sure I would be elated to see Kevin Love in a Lakers uniform next season but on the cost of a 1st round pick that is projected to be one of the best of all time???

    I don’t think people realize that if Kobe and Kevin love don’t work he can just leave to another team 2016 and Lakers will have nothing. And sure there is a potential for a bust even with these top 5 picks however I am fully confident Mitch and his scouts will know who is the real deal

    Although Kobe’s intention to win are loud and clear how about getting the Lakers would be smart to:

    1. Resign couple plays (Xavier, Bazemore) all low $$$ contracts
    2. Get our top 5 pick at whatever position it is
    3. Sign a strong defensive anchor (Unless we draft Embiid)

    Then we’ll have a solid group and all we would need is Kevin Love to join in 2016. And who knows Kobe can renew his contract the year after that if hes still at his high level

    Lets not forget though, FIRE MDA

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Great point on that. Could be a D12 issue all over again.

      • Jared

        K Love has a better attitude than that bitch!!

  • R3N3GVD3

    I think its pretty obvious that if the Lakers trade their draft pick for Kevin Love I think
    it’ll be a Green Light that Carmelo is coming to LA but if they don’t i still believe Carmelo will come with the draft and the team healthy i feel they will make a run to playoffs and who knows if they will win or not but after that it will be Kobe’s last year
    think about it he wants to retire winning that championship so picture Love Carmelo Kobe Young and their Draft for his last year i’m not saying that this is going to happen but remember it is LA…….. PS i think that’s guarantee Finals

    • KobeBean

      Do you think we should keep Nash?

      • R3N3GVD3

        No, i honestly don’t think we should keep Nash. but don’t get me wrong it will be great to see him healthy and get himself a ring but if the Lakers are really trying to rebuild then its a huge risk keeping him but who knows what next year brings

        • KobeBean

          Maybe we could play him off the bench to be a deadly 3 point scorer (like the Heat do with Ray Allen) and passer.

      • M

        NO!!!!!

        • R3N3GVD3

          MDA is definitely gone

  • KobeBean

    I think next year we should play Nick Young as a starting small forward if he stays (atleast in the preseason) to see what he can do alongside Kobe.

    • jeremy

      Why young better off he bench. Young not the same as a starter and it showed. Young earn his money as a top bench player.

  • jeremy

    Who cares what kobe wants. Kobe wants the lakers to ruin the future so he can feed his ego and win. Lakers need to not listen to Kobe and do what right for the team and it future. Plus who cares if it a top 5 pick some of he best players came after the top 5

  • jeremy

    Kobe wants the team to do what best for him and not what best for the team. I like Kobe but dude has a big ego. I want the lakers to do what best for them and not what best for Kobe. What best is to risk it and draft a rookie. It not like the lakers werent far off from being a good team. Lakers just need the right coaching and a few changes to the roster and resign some of the players that fit the lakers future

  • Thomas Torres

    K-Love is a PROVEN COMMODITY. A draft pick is a development project with no sure bet to excel. You go after K-Love any way you can.

    • vdogg

      screw that.

  • King Bunkin

    They need to keep x swaggy p and Jordan hill Jordan farmer and Kendall marshall

  • quickster007

    Lakers don’t even bother. Kevin Love said that the Timberwolves have better talent than the Lakers. Does the Lakers have a choice? Plenty, don’t sign Pau and 19 millions of cap space is available. First, choose Andrew Wiggins for the small forward as a pick for this year draft. Second, sign Kyle Lowry for the point guard position and pay him 7 millions a season. Third, try to sign Greg Monroe to play the center spot. He is making close to 3 millions with Detroit, the Lakers should offer him 5 millions a season. Replace Dantoni with Byron Scott as the head coach. In 2015, let Steve Nash go and 9 millions of cap space is available. Save the cap space for 2016 when Kobe leaves and 24 millions is added. The Lakers have 33 millions and they can go after Anthony Davis. The Lakers can offer him 7 to 9 millions a season. The Lakers can offer Klay Thompson 7 millions a season. The starting unit for the 2016 season are. Kyle Lowry, point guard, Klay Thompson, shooting guard, Andrew Wiggins at the small forward, Anthony Davis at the power forward, Greg Monroe at center. The Lakers have 17 millions to fix the bench.
    The sad part the Lakers will suck for two more seasons.

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