Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) looks on during the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Target Center. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love Opens A Window to Los Angeles

With Kevin Love venting his frustrations to the Timberwolves team in public, he has established to the NBA world that his focus is elsewhere.

What does that mean for the Lakers?  Usually, as trade rumors go, players venting out their frustrations head in one of two directions; the player ends up at the team of their choice out of a list of respective choices or, they resign with the current team to maximize contract value.  The current Collective Bargaining Agreement rewards players who stay with their respective teams with higher contract values.   This gives small-market teams some leverage to retain their free agents.

Still, this isn’t the first time Kevin Love has been mentioned in the same sentence with the Lakers.  Laker fans want him.  There’s no reason the franchise wouldn’t want him either.  The tie to UCLA and point guard Russell Westbrook would make him a key cog in attracting future free agents.

Pau Gasol has until February 20th until the trade deadline expires.  Until then, he’s the only player with the salary to help lure Kevin Love onto the Laker team.  Pau Gasol has had nine lives with his name circulating in the trade mill for years, and he’s running out of lives.

Leaders can be found through trades as well.

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  • Marty Susman

    OK, how about Pau Gasol & (I hate to say it) our first round draft pick for Love ????

    • Mike Garcia

      That’s too much to send out. Kevin Love isn’t Kevin Durant or LeBron James.

      • Marty Susman

        Really, he is the BEST power forward in the NBA. You think we could get a Kevin Love with our pick that could be as high as 15th ???

        • Mike Garcia

          The Lakers are well above 15 given the current record. They are 3 losses away from top 3.

    • Chrmngblly

      I doubt the Wolves would ever consider it. Besides, Love is so injury-prone. I don’t know. I would rather keep Pau and get another star via free agency and also draft somebody.

    • Daryl Peek

      We can’t send our 2014 first round pick. We’ve already traded away the 2015 pick and the CBA will not allow a team to trade away picks from consecutive years.

  • Marty Susman

    And yes Westbrook will be next here…

  • Daryl Peek

    What K. Love did was what any leader of a team would in that instance. How many times have we heard Kobe say such things in the media? “Pau needs to put his big boy pants on. Shaq is outta shape. Just this season, It’s not like we were gang busters out the gate…”

    Why does this mean K. Love wants out of Minny?

    “I just think that they need to realize that I love being here,” Love said. “I don’t know where the misconception came along, but I love this team. I love this organization, and somewhere along the line it went the other way. I think that wholeheartedly they need to realize that I do want to be here. I have fun being here.”

    Again, Kobe has lashed out in the media over being frustrated with losing via lack of championship talent around him also. Did that mean he wanted to leave the Lakers? Or was he just trying to A. Motivate his teammates, and B. Get the attention of the FO by asking for help publicly.

    Minny has Love locked through next season. Love cannot opt out til 15-16. Unless Love completely melts down ala Carmelo Anthony or Dwight Howard, and asks for a trade, this is all speculation and wishful thinking.