What can a trade offer of Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. get you on the open market? Not sure.
What can’t it get you on the open market? Kevin Love.
The Wolves quickly declined.
The Knicks recently attempted to make a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love, offering forward Amar’e Stoudemire and his enormous expiring contract, second-year guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. and swingman Iman Shumpert, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
But the longshot offer, made in the past week, was declined and never stood much of a chance, particularly since the Timberwolves could potentially strike a richer deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers involving No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. The Chicago Bulls, who have a bevy of intriguing assets to trade, have reportedly had conversations with Minnesota about Love in recent weeks since failing to sign Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in free agency.
This appears to be the Knicks doing their due diligence on Love, trying to steal him away from the Cavaliers in hopes of pairing newly-signed Carmelo Anthony with a second star.
Despite the longshot trade offer, the Knicks still may be able to get their hands on Love in the future. If the Wolves power forward plays out the final year of his contract in Minnesota he becomes a free agent next summer. At that time, the Knicks would have enough cap space to offer the 25-year-old all-star a max contract.
Although, if Love gets traded to Cleveland, as many expect him to, it’s unlikely that Love will ever test free agent next summer.