Let’s pretend that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love actually makes it to next summer, without being traded and/or extended, into his free agency period.
For a minute, let’s forget about the Los Angeles Lakers desperate ploy to try and trade for Love, no matter what it takes. Where would Love consider signing? Where would his “top” destinations be? Assuming Minnesota, according to an ESPN report, he would also consider Los Angeles (of course), Chicago and New York — not specifically in that order.
Love’s ties to L.A. are undeniable. He went to college at UCLA. His father, Stan, played for the Lakers — and coincidentally was on the 1974-75 team, a.k.a. the worst team in Lakers history up until this season, so his son could help make up for that. And Love was born in Santa Monica, to boot.
“You know, my parents live there and they had me there,” Love said of L.A., after his Wolves beat the Lakers for the third time in four tries to win the season series Friday. “It’s not my fault. So, I don’t really care about that right now. I just go out there and play and don’t think about it.” …
A source familiar with Love’s thinking told ESPNLosAngeles.com that it’s not just L.A. that is appealing to Love; he’s enamored with the idea of being “big time in a big city,” and that list of potential places he’d seek includes New York and Chicago, as well.
It’s kind of impossible to predict where he will end up in 2015, when we haven’t even gotten to the summer of 2014. If you ask Lakers fans, they’re more than sure that Love will end up with them either by trade or when he becomes a free agent. Chicago fans are more ho-hum about the whole thing, but New York fans are more L.A. than Chicago. The Knicks feel as if everyone wants to sign in New York — thus, Love is dying for a chance to play in Madison Square Garden. You know, to play in a great arena, but finish the season with no real chance at contending for a title — sounds great.
Still, Love is going to be the subject to numerous rumors (including this one) until he final gets traded or signs an extension. Quite frankly, the only person who knows what Love is going to do is Love. And even then, he may not know yet himself.