Oh, if the Lakers’ No. 1 pick doesn’t turn out to be No. 1-2-3, I expect them to offer it to Minnesota for Love.
This isn’t the first time that this information has been thrown around. It seems likely that Mitch Kupchak will make a call to the Minnesota Timberwolves to try and gauge an interest in some sort of deal. However, it seems unlikely that the Lakers would be able to pull off any deal without Love trying to force his way out and makes it very clear that he would only sign a long term extension in Los Angeles.
Love hasn’t exactly given the Lakers two thumbs up in his comments this season. Love repeatedly stated that he was never thinking about going to Los Angeles and that he plays for a better team right now in Minnesota. There’s no guarantee that Love would try to force his way to Los Angeles this summer or that he would want to play for the Lakers down the line, especially if Mike D’Antoni is retained as Head Coach.
The three-time All-Star will have plenty of suitors if he makes it to free agency next season. It wouldn’t surprise me if half of the league tries to acquire his services. However, if we’re talking about a trade this summer, I don’t think the Lakers can make the best offer for Love, they may just be the most interested in doing so.
What can the Lakers really offer? They can do a sign-and-trade with Pau Gasol and their number 6 pick in the 2014 draft for Kevin Love. That is the best possible offer the Lakers can make. But what would happen if the Phoenix Suns got involved and decided that they were going to throw all of their assets at the Timberwolves to acquire Love? The Suns could offer an unbeatable package that could include Morris Twins, multiple first round picks, Alex Len, Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and so on. The only players the Suns wouldn’t trade are Eric Bledsoe, who is a restricted free agent this summer, and Goran Dragic. Essentially, the Suns could easily knock the Lakers out of the market for Kevin Love if they wanted to.
The moral of the story is this: The Lakers have a small chance of acquiring Kevin Love this summer; however, it’s incredibly unlikely to happen. Don’t get your hopes up Laker Nation. Just hope the Love actually makes it to free agency.