One of the worst kept secrets in the NBA is that Kevin Love wants to play for the Lakers, but since he is locked into his contract until 2015, the only way the Lakers can get him early is if they trade for him.
The T-Wolves don’t seem that eager to make a deal, but the Lakers are giving it a shot according to CBS Sports.
The Lakers are trying to assemble trade offers for prospective free agent Kevin Love, but thus far the Timberwolves have given no indication they’ll consider moving the All-Star forward by Thursday’s deadline, league sources told CBSSports.com.
Any Lakers offer would have to include Pau Gasol, whose $19.3 million contract comes off the books this summer. Rival executives believe the Lakers’ best chance of moving Gasol is to a team that views him as worthy re-signing to a more reasonable deal this summer — not as a rental. The Lakers also can offer their 2014 first-round pick, which has value. With Kobe Bryant out indefinitely, the Lakers are tied for the fourth-worst record in the league.
No need for the T-Wolves to make a panic trade, but they need to get rid of Love at some point or be left with nothing when he leaves via free agency.
The Lakers #1 pick this year is going to be quite high in a stacked draft so it is something to consider.