Before we get started with the ruthlessly virtual auctioning off of your star player, I have to take a second to express my sincerest remorse and condolences for the Minnesota Timberwolves fan base. T-Wolves fans, it’s completely unfair to you that once again, an All-NBA power forward has grown fed up with the team’s direction and a lack of playoff success. Though it’s hard to hold it against Kevin Love himself, it’s still a crummy situation and if it weren’t for your former general manager David Kahn, your team might be in a better place with a superstar NOT hellbent on fleeing for greener pastures.
Any leverage the Timberwolves had in trading Kevin Love went out the window when Love said he won’t be signing a contract extension with Minnesota in 2015 and would test free agency. While he hasn’t gone full Carmelo Anthony and demanded a trade, the clock is ticking for the Wolves to move him before he walks next summer for nothing. Love has already named the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors as two potential trade destinations he’d be interested in.
Despite possessing a number of assets that could be useful in a blockbuster trade for Love, the Phoenix Suns didn’t make his list of desired trade destinations. After finishing the 2013-14 season with 48 wins, the surprising Suns narrowly missed the playoffs in what was supposed to be a tank year. Under rookie head coach Jeff Hornacek, the Suns blossomed into one of the league’s most entertaining teams with the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year, Goran Dragic. The Suns are expected to join a number of teams in pursuing Love via trade this summer, per Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. With a young and promising core, here are five reasons why the Suns and Kevin Love are a perfect match.