It seems like the clock on Kevin Love's tenure in Minnesota is ticking furiously. With the All-Star power forward having an out clause in his contract after the 2014-15 season, there surely will be various teams greasing the wheels on a trade for Love.
CBS's Ken Berger reported that the Lakers and Mavericks are attempting to put together the right collection of assets to acquire Love:
Love will be a free agent in 2015, and it is widely known around the league that he and his agent, New York-based Jeff Schwartz, are determined to get him to a major market. The Lakers, Love's first choice, "have the best shot" of landing the Southern California native, one person familiar with the player's thinking said.
There is no incentive in the CBA for Love to sign an extension with Minnesota before he has a chance to decline his player option and hit the open market in July 2015. Giving up significant assets for Love would be problematic for any team that isn't confident it will be able to sign him when he becomes a free agent. That is obviously not an issue for the Lakers.
Still, other teams are said to be feverishly pursuing a premium first-round pick that could be included in a package for Love, a three-time All-Star who is fourth in the league in scoring (25.8 points per game) and second in rebounding (13.2).
Will Minnesota make the deal happen? The value that they can receive for Love will decrease as time continues on and that could cause the team to prolong their league-high streak of missing the playoffs which is likely to hit ten years if they miss the postseason this year.
[via CBS Sports]