There have already been quite a few rumors circling this offseason about a potential Phoenix Suns trade for Kevin Love. The Suns have an extremely bright future after being one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season, and have a great young core to build around. Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, Miles Plumlee, Marcus and Markieff Morris, and the rest of that roster have a lot of room to grow and improve into an even better team.
Kevin Love has been unhappy with the Minnesota Timberwolves and their lack of competitive nature. They haven’t given him a chance to even compete for a championship, and he is getting fed up with being a yearly disappointment. Perhaps a trade to one of the most talented young teams in the NBA would be something that would pique his interest?
The question that has to be asked about the potential trade for the Suns, is if it would be worth it or not. Obviously there is always interest in acquiring one of the best power forwards in the NBA, but what would the price tag be to acquire him? Phoenix has two very solid, young power forwards in their rotation in the Morris brothers, and both Plumlee and Alex Len at the center position. Love would be an upgrade over the Morris twins, but it would cost Phoenix a lot to get him.
Phoenix showed the ability to compete for a playoff spot with young players who haven’t come close to reaching their peak yet. A trade for Kevin Love would certainly improve them now, but would it be a step back in the wrong direction as far as the future is concerned? There is no way of knowing, but the Suns can’t force a trade for a superstar just to try to force winning in the present.
Love would certainly fit into the system that the Suns are running, and would upgrade their frontcourt in a major way. He likely would be able to take the Suns over the hump and into the playoffs if they did acquire him, but it would likely take some of their depth away as well. The Suns are going to be able to build their roster to the point where they reach the playoffs regularly, and it would be much cheaper as well to grow their current team rather than trading for Love.
Overall, this is a very intriguing question to think about as the Suns continue to look into acquiring an All-Star big man. Love would be an upgrade, but he would also cost them a lot of talent and money in the process. Phoenix should stick with their current roster of talented young players, and stand pat rather than trying to buy a playoffs appearance. If they keep the current roster that they’re working with, they will have a lot of success in the future.
Evan Massey is a Staff Writer for HoopsHabit.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.