Feb 4, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) against the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Lakers to try and trade lottery pick for Kevin Love

And it continues.

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to try and use their potentially high lottery pick as bait in order to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love.

Stein wrote about a potential coaching change that is looming for the Wolves, after what looks to be another season of missing out on the playoffs, and about the uncertainty that is coming next season when it comes to Love’s future.

Which inevitably leads you to ask: What next?

The suggestion is already in circulation that the Lakers will attempt to use their forthcoming high lottery pick in June to assemble the sort of trade package that finally convinces the Wolves to part with Love and end the uncertainty that hangs over this franchise even before the 25-year-old enters the final year of his contract. Yet there is just as much defiance emanating from ‘Sota, as we speak, about the Wolves’ ability to keep Love in town.

I still feel as if unless Love openly tells the Wolves front office that there’s absolutely no way that he’s going to re-sign in Minnesota, there’s no chance that he gets traded. At all. Not this summer and not at next season’s NBA trade deadline. It’s pointless.

If you feel like you have a shot at keeping your franchise player, why trade him prematurely. It would make no sense.

Still, the Lakers are going to continue to be the Lakers — looking for the quick fix.


Tags: 2014 NBA Draft Kevin Love Los Angeles Lakers Minnesota Timberwolves NBA NBA Offseason

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