NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets Believe They Lack Assets For Kevin Love Trade

NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets Believe They Lack Assets For Kevin Love Trade


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A number of teams are lining up with their best offers for the possibility of trading for Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love. While there have been conflicting reports regarding Love’s availability, it is almost a foregone conclusion that Love will not stay with Minnesota after this season.

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One team believed to be in the running for Love’s services is the Houston Rockets. General manager Daryl Morey is one of the best in the NBA and the Rockets always seem to have assets to pull off something. However, USA Today’s Sam Amick reports that the Rockets may be bowing out of the Love sweepstakes:

The Rockets are armed with two big expiring contracts in Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, as well as Chandler Parsons who they could use in a sign-and trade, but apparently that is not enough compared to some of the other offers.

The Lakers are in the same predicament at this time, possessing only their first round draft pick this year and an otherwise empty roster. The Lakers best chance of landing Love seems to be getting him in free agency next summer.

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There are a number of teams who have multiple draft picks and/or good young talent who are believed to be possibilities for Love to land in a trade. The Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, and Phoenix Suns have all been rumored to have interest in Love.
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  • Jim213

    Per Adrian Wojnarowski (Yahoo), the Lakers will make signing Anthony a “priority” once FA begins in July.

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      • Josh

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    • Sam Saab

      trade howard for kevin love! damn would i love to see howard shipped to Minnesota!! loool

      • comrade24

        Or they could trade James Harden. He never plays in the playoffs anyways, so surely he wouldn’t mind missing them all together.

    • Josh

      Per others sources, resigning Gasol is a priority. Others say Bazemore is a priority. Many think Young is a priority. What does any of this even mean other than the front office isn’t talking so everyone is left to speculate about what they will do?

      • Jim213

        Hopefully it means that FO has more than one plan unlike last year (DH). Not good for the brand and FO to sit back and wait until 2015 to make a major move as opposed to this off season.

        Acquiring a solid starting rotation should be the main priority this off season. Then they can worry about attracting a star player but anything’s possible this off season as they may possibly address both.

        • Evan

          I agree that making a few moves this season is a must. Don’t need a big splash or All-Star signing, but bringing in guys like Deng, and signing Okafor to a 1yr deal along with drafting Smart (or, sign Lowry and draft Gordon to play the 3) and we can have a good 2014-15 season. Then pursue Love and Asik in 2015.

    • truth

      Why would he leave a shitty situation in NY for a shitty situation in LA? Melo is not going there.. Lakers dont have enough to trade for Love either.. Lots of homer what ifs up in here..

      • Jim213

        They’re called rumors just as many of the articles/headers you read here dumbass. But been saying that since last year’s off season being build a team first then worry about another star as hopefully FO learned from last year (DH).

        For myself, FO’s been the main problem but hopefully they’ve learned from past mistakes. However, Lakers are in a better situation currently as opposed to the Knick’s who are without a draft pick and have more salary tied in over paying inconsistent players. But Phil is no fool he’ll make a trade happen to help minimize their cap.

      • TomK

        They ( The Lakers) don’t have to trade anything to get Carmelo Anthony, he’s leaving in free agency. All they need is cap space, and with only four players signed , they have more than anybody.

  • L.A. Kings

    I want to be the first on Lakers Nation to say congrats to my fave team the L.A. Kings for winning the Stanley Cup championship in Double Overtime the final score was 3-2 my main man Martinez made the game winner.Go Kings Go!Champions!

  • A Fan

    Even if Houston did acquire Kevin Love, they’re not winning a championship as long as Kevin McFail is their coach

  • kliff richard

    i like sign two Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James or Kelvin Love sign and andrew bynum and Re-sign Pau Gasol go LA Lakers next season

    • Tune

      Man, getting Bynum and him staying healthy enough for the playoffs would be a dream. He’d be mega cheap and if healthy a top tier center. Love/Bynum/Kobe/Smart/Lance would be lethal.

      • Andy L

        Getting cancer is cheap. Just smoke a lot of cigarettes…

        • Tune

          The disrespect is pathetic. People that don’t understand what he did to LA aren’t real Laker fans.

          • Andy L

            Ha ha! You just nailed it: did TO LA… But that’s nothing compared to what he did TO other teams he joined.

  • kliff richard

    i hope that to happen

    • Alec

      Now that we all know the Lakers will have the cap space to really pursue the combo of LBJ and Carmelo.Forgetting about the shock or thrill of creating the big 3 in LA is how will it work on the court.Well assuming the Lakers have Kobe Bryant healthy and playing also if they can sign LeBron and Carmelo which is no small task.

      The dynamics of these 3 could work out on the court yes 1 basketball is enough for these superstars and here is the reason why because LeBron James is the most unselfish player in the game of basketball he is like Magic Johnson when it comes to winning.

      All LBJ cares about is making his team win and he is a great passer and he moves the ball around to his teammates as he creates offense for his team.Now LeBron could just be himself and pass the ball to Kobe and Carmelo and they know what to do after they get the ball in their hands.Kobe is also a excellent passer and when he has great teammates he shares the ball ask Shaq about that as Kobe was the main facilitator for the Shaq+Kobe 3-Peat.

      On defense LeBron and Kobe will guard their position very good and Carmelo will need to play better defense.Lakers need great defensive role players and this team wins a championship easy with any decent coach.Kobe+LeBron+Carmelo would be unstoppable and very hard to beat.Around 60-65 wins yes very likely.

      • Chrmngblly

        If you are going to dream, dream BIG…:-)

  • retro

    trade our 7th pick for k love.
    resign pau gasol with a tim ducan contract with 2 years, but playing as center on the low post.
    sign isaiah thomas or nate robinson
    SF will wesley johnson
    bench role players kent bazemore, swaggy p, r kelly, j hill, nash

    • TomK

      We’re not trading our pick for a player that could leave next year if he wants, been there, done that with Howard, besides, we can keep our pick, AND go after Love in 2015 when he’s a free agent. The Lakers can sign Carmelo Anthony in 2014, draft Smart or Exum in the draft, resign Gasol for less, and have a starting five of Smart, Kobe, Anthony, Jordan Hill, and Gasol, with Kevin Love coming on next year.

      • LakersOverEverything

        I suggested this same starting 5 once, but it seems people don’t like melo here. Someone has fooled them into believing he can’t be a winner/team player. Smh

        • Evan

          I don’t like Melo in LA because of his very similar style of play as Kobe and the $ his contract would take. Instead of having two ISO heavy, ball stopping volume shooters who play mediocre defense, let’s fill out the roster with solid role players, and THEN turn our sights to a big name like Love in 2015.

        • Josh

          I think Melo is the one who fooled us into thinking that about him.

  • iEATcelticBabies

    Kevin love is a los angelino, he would fight tooth and nail for glory.. sign asap !