NBA Trade Rumors: Kevin Love Trade Scenarios

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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.

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  • Jaydoubleu

    “I’m sure Wolves fans hate this trade — you’re going to hate the rest of my trades and the actual trade when it happens as well.”

    You’re right to an extent, but the one thing the Wolves have going for them is they can still get pennies on the dollar for Love in February if the right trade isn’t there right now. The problem with these trades is that similar value will be there at the deadline. More than likely, the end of the Love saga in this offseason will be Love wearing a Wolves uniform in October. If Dieng plays the way he did at the end of last season, Rubio improves a bit and the team finds a Bruce Bowen type stopper defensively to help out Kelvin Martin they could be a playoff team next year with Love next year. Then you gauge how Love is feeling at the deadline and get picks for 2015 if he still wants to walk and take less money from another team. Or, if things fall apart you can move Love then and start the rebuild.

    But for 26 other teams, there’s not a lot to talk about besides Love. So it makes sense this is getting the play it is right now.

    • Michael Dunlap

      Thanks for your response. In my eyes, every day that goes by, the Wolves lose leverage. Teams will know they’re desperate by the deadline.

      • Jaydoubleu

        Maybe. But I’d counter that for most Minnesotans the last time one of our teams traded a superstar (albeit in a completely different sport) is a pretty apt cautionary tale. The Twins traded Johan Santana in 2008 because he was a year away from free agency and there was no way we were suppose to be a playoff contender. So the team moved him for a package of prospects that flamed out (granted, Carlos Gomez is a star now for Milwaukee) for the team. And in return, the Twins lost a playoff game to get to the divisional series to the Tigers.

        For us (few) T-Wolves fans, we’ve played this game before with Garnett. And from past experience, sometimes it’s better to risk letting a player walk for nothing than to accept a panic offer that’s really nothing right now. Besides, if the Wolves are sitting in the six seed in February, Love’s opinion on his future may have changed.

  • Robert13218302

    Suns get: Kevin Love
    Timberwolves get: #14 and #18 picks, their 2015 pick back, Channing Frye, Archie Goodwin, and Shavlik Randolph