You actually thought that Phil Jackson was going to let ya’ll have all the fun?
With a myriad of NBA rumors circulating around the league in regards to Kevin Love, Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks have decided to crash the party.
According to a report from the New York Post, Jackson is plotting to bring Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love to the Knicks. (Don’t ask me how):
A report Sunday said Love has already told Minnesota officials he will not sign a contract extension this summer and will become a free agent in July, when their chances would appear bleak. Hence, rampant speculation is Love will be traded by the Timberwolves either this summer or by February’s trade deadline.
According to an NBA source, Knicks president Phil Jackson has been plotting to be involved in making something happen with Love via a trade.
The Knicks believe they have the expiring contracts — Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert in particular — the Wolves might want so Minnesota can keep cap space to go after the star-studded 2015 free agent class.
The only problem (assuming that the Wolves would even remotely be interested in Chandler and Shumpert) is the fact that the Knicks don’t have any first-round picks to give up until…2018.
Why do they need first-round picks, you ask?
Well, in short, they help sweeten the deal. And there’s really no way that the Wolves would deal Love to the Knicks for unsweet tea. Not going to happen.
So while a trade to the Knicks would makes some sense, it kind of has no legs to really stand on — the rumor. Unless Jackson can magically make a couple, or few, first-round picks appear, this scenario feels very, very unlikely.