The trade rumors involving Kevin Love have kicked into high gear with the superstar letting the Minnesota Timberwolves he intends to test free agency in the summer of 2015.
With Love intending to become a free agent, the Timberwolves will attempt to trade the veteran forward with plenty of teams already expressing interest in acquiring him.
One of those interested parties in Love’s services is the Los Angeles Lakers with the storied franchise rumored to be preparing for a major play for the perennial All-Star, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post:
Another source said the Lakers also will make a monster push at trading for Love, who played at UCLA.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, acquiring Love may pose quite the challenge. After the worst season in franchise history, the chances of the team contending in the near future are remote with no assets outside of the high pick in the upcoming 2014 NBA draft to make a deal with Minnesota.
Love has already been linked to the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets. Rumors of Love’s desire to become a Laker have been floating around the league for quite sometime, but it remains uncertain if the forward landing in Los Angeles is realistic.
The Lakers’ draft position will be determined on Tuesday during the NBA draft lottery. The team will likely be drafting sixth or lower, but have a 6.3 percent chance of winning to the top pick.
Chances of acquiring Love will drastically improve if the Lakers land a pick in the top three and are willing to send it to Minnesota in exchange for the forward.
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