Kevin Love will end up out of Minnesota at some point. The latest is by July 1st, which could indicate draft night. The suitors continue to come in, and the Kings are a team that may want in on the action. I still believe the Celtics have some of the best options, especially with the draft picks that they can trade.
The Kings are willing to give up their eighth overall pick in this year’s NBA draft and a combination of players for Love, even though he would not be expected to sign a contract extension before next season – if ever, with the rebuilding, small-market franchise, the source said. Sacramento envisions Love and DeMarcus Cousins playing alongside each other in the front court. Swingman Rudy Gay has a player’s option for next season.
The Kings know they’d have to gamble on convincing Love to re-sign, given that the franchise is rebuilding and Love is looking to play for a contender after never reaching the playoffs with the Timberwolves. Love’s suitors also figure to include a number of bigger markets, including the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.
Love’s representatives with Excel Sports have pushed Timberwolves president Flip Saunders to find an acceptable trade prior to the start of free agency in July. Without a trade, Love plans to opt out of his contract in the summer of 2015 and likely leave Minnesota as a free agent.
It's been reported the the Wolves would take Julius Randle or Noah Vonleh. Players that the Celtics could perhaps draft. One of those players, if not both should be around at number 6. The Love train could be coming to Boston.
Re: Love to Kings trade idea report -- prob. only enticing to #Twolves if can get Randle/Vonleh at 8. Hear they favor those two over Gordon.— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) May 27, 2014