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Lakers Rumors: T-Wolves ‘Under Pressure’ To Consider Kevin Love Trade

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After so much speculation between Kevin Love and the Los Angeles Lakers this past season, a rumor surfaced on Saturday that his people recently informed the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade him or else he will leave via free agency in 2015.

With the Timberwolves under pressure, the team trading the All-Star power forward has become an option according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Beyond the coaching search, the Wolves are under pressure to start considering trade scenarios for Love, who’s anxious to exercise his Early Termination Option (ETO) in the summer of 2015 and leave as a free agent, league sources said.

“For the first time, [Saunders] sounds like looking at deals for [Love] is an option,” one rival executive told Yahoo Sports.

With Minnesota trading Love now an option, the Lakers are expected to make their lottery pick available in offers for him:

Boston and Los Angeles plan to make high-lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft available in offers for Love, sources said.

According to Wojnarowski, there are numerous teams who will pursue him including the Lakers, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and Phoenix Suns. However, all teams will need assurance from Love that he will agree to a five year, $100 million contract extension.

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For Los Angeles, the franchise faces its most important off-season in nearly a decade. Depending on what draft pick they receive at the lottery on May 20, general manager Mitch Kupchak recently acknowledged the team is willing to trade the pick.

After their worst season since moving to Los Angeles, the team will have to explore all of their options in hopes of rebuilding themselves back into championship contenders as quickly as possible. Once the team is able to determine what the best course of action is for their lottery pick, the next step is filling their vacant head coaching position.
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  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    “Welcome To Cali Kevin”

    • Boris

      Kevin Ollie?

      • Joseph Apohen

        That might not be a bad idea. Bring in D Fish as assistant.

  • comrade24

    The ONLY circumstance in which i believe the Lakers should/will trade their pick for Love is if they have at least a 2nd/3rd move lined up. Unless the trade of the pick is paired with other quality FA signings that will make the team an instant contender, the team should be patient, make a smart draft pick and FA signings and wait the Love situation out. However, our bench from last year is one of hte best in the league (when they’re allowed to be a bench and not the starting lineup) If they could work a deal to acquire Love, and people like Lowry and Gortat/Monroe etc… other talented starting players then go for it.

    • michael

      or we sign and trade gasol?

      • Joseph Apohen

        Don’t mess with Gasol. He’ll perform well now that MDA is gone. Bisides, Kobe needs him.

    • IRG

      Thats whats going to happen

  • LakersHeatBeef

    “Boston and Los Angeles plan to make high-lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft available in offers for Love, sources said.”

    Now that sounds like a deal is in place and waiting on Timberwolves approval.Damn it Mitch we need to keep our lottery pick to help Kevin Love in the future.We need as many good players as possible and that draft we have can turn into a great player that can be a franchise pillar for the future.Love is going to be a free agent in 2015 and their is no need to trade a future star player for a 1 year rental that can come in free agency we just need to be patient for 1 year and wait for Love.

    • comrade24

      I really doubt the FO will make another Dwight Howard type move. If they do pull the trigger for Love, i don’t think it will be without assurances of signing an extension. Then again, we’re talking about Jimbo so who knows

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Woj said all the teams interested in Love are demanding Love signs a 5 years $100 million dollars extension prior to any trade if not the value of Love is very low since these teams will have no assurance he stays.Lakers will make sure they never repeat the same Dwight mistake ever again at least i hope not.

      • Joseph Apohen

        If Kevin’s heart is really in L.A. then there should not be any problem.

        • comrade24

          His ties to L.A. have been drastically overestimated. Him coming to Lakers isn’t quite the “homecoming” everyone paints it out to be.

    • AGATHUSIA

      I agree 100% beeing patiant for a year could pay off for the next 16 years.

    • dlyte

      he will be traded before he becomes a free agent, and that team will have a deal in place for him long term, its either, or, for the Lakes. Either they get Love and forgo their pick and hope for some other free agent pieces to get a contender. Or, they lose Love longterm to another team, keep the pick, hoping for a franchise stud while still plucking a few FA’s to round things out. I would choose the former, get a 20 and 12 guy(the points would naturally come down on a better team, but the boards stay the same or possibly go up) and try to win with the two years Kobe has left. Cause if you’re gonna rebuild, do a complete re-build when Kobe is gone and all aging players are gone, instead of a half build with young guys trying to learn and prove themselves, mixing with a few old veterans trying to get one last chip.

    • Joseph Apohen

      If Kevin is on the block, we might lose him to other team if he becomes available through trade. From what I have read, the only one that I would be interested in the draft is Exxum.

  • Duffy

    We have not had a first round pick since Javaris Crittenton back in the dark ages yes it’s time to keep our first round pick and use a player that will be on a cheap rookie contract exceeding expectations for the next few years and then by then we will have players clamoring to play with the rookie we draft.Make the SMART move and stay as is in the draft and then in 2015 free agency save enough cap space for Kevin Love or whoever we can get in the free agent market.NO TRADE!

    • LAstory

      Actually Toney Douglas, was the last first round… but I absolutely agree.. just don’t know about Smart… Zach Levine should be the choice…imho.

    • comrade24

      It’s looking more and more like Love won’t be around in FA in 2015.

  • makesnosense7

    Honestly I don’t think any player in the league deserve a 5 year/100 million unless your name is Kevin Durant or LeBron James, not only is Kevin love a well rounded player he is also.injury prone and at the level he’s playing have to take in mind how long well that knee hold up, Lakers have to be very caution and wise with these next couple.moves

    • courtney harris

      agreed

    • nlruizjr

      I don’t understand all this urgency for KLove, what has he done to bring in a title, in my book he’s in the same category as dHoward, all talk and no action !!!!

  • TheTruthKills

    Trading for Love wouldn’t be wise. Getting Love now doesn’t make us a contender. We’d be a fringe playoff team at best that would get bounced out of the first round, and then Love would become a free agent like Dwight did. It’s best to leave it alone and proceed with this rebuild the right way. Draft the best player available no matter where we’re picking and have him learn from Kobe. We need to stop throwing draft picks away and develop our own homegrown talent.

    • comrade24

      that’s why i said the only reason they should trade for Love is if they have other FA signings in place to make the team an instant contender. I’m all for it if they can pull it off while still being able to add other players.

    • courtney harris

      it seems like the lakers are at a cross roads. rebuild or try to contend as soon as possible. i say we use the draft pick IF they are high on someone

      • TheTruthKills

        I think the team has delayed the rebuild long enough. There isn’t a quick fix solution out there for us to compete in Kobe’s last years.

        • keenanjen

          I disagree you can do a quick fix. Make the trade for Love. Resign Young, Meeks, Pau, Hill. You can sign Darren Collison as our PG. Buyout Nash, and I trust Mitch to sign more role players. Remember our bench was ranked in the top five before all the injuries to our starters. However I will say this in order to resign all those guys they have to buy in to taking less money to win a ring.

          • TheTruthKills

            Here’s the real question: If we do all of that can we beat Portland, Houston, Golden State, OKC, San Antonio, or the Clippers in a seven game series? At best we’d be in contention for the seventh and eighth seeds in the West. We wouldn’t be a legit contender or a terrible team, and in the NBA that’s the worst place you can be.

          • keenanjen

            I disagree. To be honest you or I have no idea if this makes us a contender or not. It all comes down to who Mitch signs to surround Kobe and Kevin.

          • TheTruthKills

            I’ll just agree to disagree. Besides, Love isn’t here and there’s no guarantee he’s coming. But one fact that can’t be refuted is that Portland, Houston, Golden State, OKC, and the Clippers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Any championship aspirations go through them.

          • keenanjen

            Yeah I agree with the last part you said, but my whole point is if you can trade for Love you do it,and you will contend. Now if there is a way you can sign him in the off season of next year then I’m all for keeping the pick this year.

          • jojo

            The clippers might me going away. Sterling’s fighting for his team. How many of the clippers do you think will stay if sterling is still the owner next season?

          • keenanjen

            One more thing. We didn’t know what would come of the Lakers in 2007, but they came out the next season and made a good run, that same year when Bynum went down we got Pau, and the rest is history

          • Joseph Apohen

            I don’t foresee us contending this coming season for anything except making the playoff. I think in two years we will have a championship caliber team. Adding a few quality pieces to Pau, Hill, Meeks, Young, Farmar, and Kobe of course will almost assure us of Kobe’s 6th.

    • They call me Pringles

      IMO, if we land a top 4 pick like Parker, Wiggins, Embiid or Exum.. It would be pretty hard to trade that away. But after the 4th pick, it would be fair to trade it for K Love. Kevin Love just made things a little bit harder for the Lakers by demanding a trade. I was hoping a smooth transition in the summer of 2015. Would have gave us time to get the team ready for his homecoming.

  • kookiebuger

    DON’T DO IT LAKERS JUST BE PATIENT AND WAIT FOR LOVE IN 2015 THERE IS NO REASON TO END UP IN ANOTHER DWIGHT HOWARD SITUATION BUT WORST SINCE YOU WOULD HAVE TRADED YOUR 2014 PICK AND LOST YOUR 2015 PICK TO THE SUNS WHILE HAVING A 36 YEAR OLD KOBE GOING ON 37 IN HIS LAST YEAR AS THE FACE OF THE FRANCHISE.

    • michael

      It’s most likely that we get #6 or 7.
      If love get’s traded to, let’s say the Celtics / knicks or a contender, why should he leave them for the lakers?
      Makes no sense

      • kookiebuger

        The Lakers have no future outside of Kobe (a 36 year old coming off a major injury missing 1 1/2) it doesn’t matter where the pick lands their is no guarantee he will stay and be in a worst situation since they won’t have another pick until 2016.

  • roseducanna

    Trade 1st for LOVE.Buyout NASH and sign RONDO.

    • keenanjen

      What lol. Sign Rondo when? You know he’s not a free agent this year right?

  • Boris

    NO!

  • Alex Miller

    I am all for trading the pick for love. We do that the free agents will definitely view LA as a viable option. Kobe already has made it known he is 100 and training hard. Kobe with love and another FA and resign pau for cheap instant contenders. And in 2 yrs we will have money for other big names to pair with love to maintain contenders I think that is their plan

    • michael

      I got a better plan. If we sign and trade gasol for love, we would still have the pick.
      Gasol is to old (to compete against centers and pf)

      • VillainKing

        I like your idea that’s right sign and trade Gasol just keep the 2014 draft pick LAKERS..

    • nlruizjr

      Just how you gonna pay the rest of the starters and the bench, Kobe and Love alone will eat up 45mil ?????

  • Math

    If he’s pushing his way out this summer it kind of looks like a now or never scenario. Personally if we can either have him this summer or in 5 years after his next contract is over, then I’d take him tomorrow.

  • Daryl Peek

    There is no absolute move that will guarantee a championship therefore you can easily ague against any move. At some point they have to do something. Obtaining Love is not the worst move they could make.

    • kookiebuger

      Obtaining Love doesn’t guarantee he will stay especially when he will become a free agent (they get more money as a free agent instead of signing an extension thanks to the new CBA) leaving the Lakers in a worse position since they will lost their 2015 1st round pick (top 5 protected) and won’t have a pick until 2016.

      • michael

        no, he would be come free agent in 2016. He can become a free agent in 2015, but if he likes the team, that would be unlikely.

        • kookiebuger

          He will more then likely opt out.

      • Daryl Peek

        Actually you’ve got it wrong. If the Lakers obtain Love in a sign and trade his Bird rights are transferred in the deal to the Lakers, meaning they can offer him more money and a 5 year when other teams can only offer 4. Howard chose to leave money on the table when he went to Houston. That’s rare.

  • Brandon Anderson

    What are going to package with Love?? We have nothing to offer but the pick. Our roster is depleted.

    • michael

      sign and trade Gasol?

      • TheTruthKills

        Why would Gasol agree to that?

        • e3bonz

          He wouldn’t, and few understand that.

    • TheTruthKills

      The aspect no one thinks about. We have very few assets.

  • MuttsRule

    The worst thing the Lakers can do is trade their draft pick. That pick will allow them to get a very good players at little cost to their salary cap. By trading it, they would be limiting themselves to two top players, rather than three. And teams with only two top players don’t win championships anymore. For example, if they end up with Love and Bryant, that will consume about $44 million of the $63 million cap, leaving them with only about $19 million to cover the remaining 12 players (and with Nash’s $9 million on the books, unless they allocate it over three years, that results in only $10 million for the remaining 11 players). However, if they pick up a top player out of the draft, he will only cost them about $4 million per year for the next several years, which will allow them to combine him with two top free agents as well.

  • M T

    Lakers better fucking keep their pick regardless where it lands. Nobody seems to be educated enough to understand how great it is to rebuild through the draft. They also need to sign and trade Pau, Young, Marshall for more draft picks. Lakers will be in awesome shape if they have 2 or more picks, along with signing Lowry, or Lance, or Luol(or all 3), then sign Love next summer. I honestly might not even want Love bcz he plays terrible defense, meaning he’s only useful on half of the court…..

    • IRG

      your stupid a’f

      • M T

        Yeah let’s trade our most valuable asset for him when we can just get him for no assets next year! You’re smart a’f!!!!

      • M T

        You don’t know how valuable draft picks are. Love can’t play defense, meaning he is USELESS on one half of the court. Key words: He is useless on one HALF of the court. I hope you educated yourself before you comment. There is no point in arguing if you refuse to change you standpoint.

  • Jamal

    Seriously the Lakers need to stay out of this Kevin Love drama it’s not a good idea to trade the lottery pick for a guy with no playoffs appearance in 6 years and also a often injured bad defensive big stretch four.Keep in mind Kevin Love would leave the Lakers just like Dwight Howard in free agency.NO NO NO NO NO LOVE.

  • AGATHUSIA

    We need to save our 1st round tripp and get a nice young player who will develop into a Star.

  • Sam

    You tell me which offer you would take if you were the Minnesota Front Office.

    Possible offers for Kevin Love

    Phoenix Suns offer THREE 2014 first round picks and Goran Dragic+Alex Len+Archie Goodwin+Markief Morris.

    Chicago Bulls offer TWO 2014 first round picks and Taj Gibson+Jimmy Butler+Kirk.

    New York Knicks offer TWO Future first round picks and Tyson Chandler+Tim Hardaway Jr.+Iman Shumpert.

    Golden State Warriors offer ONE Future first round pick and Klay Thompson+David Lee

    Los Angeles Lakers offer Their 2014 Lottery Pick+Steve Nash

    Lakers have zero chance of getting Kevin Love the Timberwolves have much better incoming offers.Plus Love is a second option on a great team.I agree with you guys the Lakers better keep the lottery pick.No way is Love coming in 2014.

    • avanhokie7

      But those other teams won’t trade without the assurance he will sign… and he won’t sign with any team but the Lakers. Thus if Minny wants some compensation they would do it or they could let him walk for nothing.

  • Sam

    Boston is on the Kevin Love mix just got word they plan on making a major offer to the Timberwolves including the Celtics lottery pick the trade proposal plus players.Jeff Green and Avery Bradley+Jared Sullinger with the 2014 Lottery pick.

  • VillainKing

    BULLSHIT!!!!JUST KEEP THE 2014 DRAFT PICK LAKERS DON’T TRADE IT FOR LOVE..

  • Zimmeredge

    We have nothing to offer. Period. Our draft pick, out of top 3 does not worth 15m$ love (25/12). If we have a top 3 (Parker, wiggins or embiid/exum) then we won’t be trading it.

    • VillainKing

      I agree in you dude, If the Lakers will get a top 3 pick in lottery then we will not trade it for love..we can draft Wiggins..

      • Javon Newton

        Kobe need to pass his juice to jabari exsum or wiggins

        • Javon Newton

          O.o smarts is real to.

  • KT

    Looks like he didn’t like how he was portrayed in the NBA Game of thrones edition lol.

  • J Taylor

    If the pick is outside the top 6 then trading should be an option. If it’s top-3 then they should wait.

    Build a solid team around youth and the superstars will come. Dr Jerry would be patient. Jimmy would knee-jerk.

  • dlyte

    Will people stop saying wait til ’15 to get Love!! HE WONT BE AVAILABLE. He wants to leave now, the Wolves won’t lose him with nothing in return, so they will trade him, and the team who gets him WILL have a long term deal in place. You either get him now with the pick as the main bait, or forget him altogether, keep the pick and hope its a stud while picking up a few FA’s to round out.

    • Swagzilla

      The only thing the Lakers can offer the pick (and Nash or Sacre) which is stupid they’re already in a hole, trading for Love who (can’t lead a team) can leave to a contender like the Bulls,Rockets, or Knicks in free agency (he’s going to opt out players get paid more as a free agent thanks to the new CBA). It’s better to wait for free agency since the Lakers can’t offer anything good (outside their pick, the teams only saving grace) and hope that the pick pans out and that the pick and Love can attract future free agents.

  • IRG

    I would rather have them have 2 more parades in LA then grab a rookie thats going to take years and prolly never win a championship! And kobe passing Mj.

  • quickster007

    I hope the Lakers Front Office is not stupid enough to trade the pick for Love. Keep the pick and try to pick Dante Exum as our future point guard. Next, Let Pau walk and use that money to sign either Kevin Love, Lamarcus Aldridge. I’d say Kevin Love and pair him up with Robert Sacre. Look at the Clippers with Jordan and Griffin. Move Kobe to the small forward spot. Resign Nick Young for the shooting guard. Let say around 2015, starting lineup, Robert Sacre at center, Kevin Love and power forward, Kobe Bryant at small forward, shooting guard Nick Young and Dante Exum at point guard. In 2015, let Nash walk.

  • J Taylor

    It makes no sense for the Timberwolves to trade Love before the Trade Deadline, or wait for a Sign-and-trade. If they trade Love, they shoot themselves in the foot as competitors and picked 1 season too late to tank.

  • Math

    I’ve done a 180 on this, I rather keep our pick than trade for love. Although he’s a great player, I really don’t think he’s worth a top pick in possibly the most loaded draft of all time. His level of success has started to really put me off, he’s never even been in the post season! Allen Iverson got a roster full of scrubs to the nba finals! This guy hasn’t even managed a first round exit. As I said he is a great player, but looks like the type of player that really doesn’t elevate his team around him. Kind of like melo, but he dragged his nuggets team to multiple first round exits.

  • Ruben Garcia

    Byron Scott with Derek Fisher as his assistant.

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