NBA trade rumors are just that — rumors. However, these Kevin Love trade rumors are as close to a sure thing as we can get with this kind of situation. It’s obvious that Love wants to opt-out and will test the free agent market at the end of the 2014-15 season, so the Minnesota Timberwolves are faced with the need to find value for Love before it’s too late.
The two options would be to trade Love before the 2014 NBA draft, so that they could shoot for a top draft pick in return. The other option is to wait until closer to the deadline, but it’s that kind of desperation that forces teams to move superstars for pennies on the dollar. Clearly, the best option is to move Love sooner rather than later.
If the Wolves move Love before the 2014-15 season begins, they can start the new era anew, with Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic leading the way. If they’re fortunate enough to score a top-3 pick, add Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid or Julius Randle to the mix and the Wolves have a solid foundation to build upon.
Let’s take a look at some realistic trade scenarios that the Wolves could consider. All of these have been checked with the ESPN Trade Machine, which is a great way to waste a few hours.