Knicks made offer for Kevin Love
The New York Knicks at least tried to get involved in the Kevin Love sweepstakes. I’m sure the phone call took less than five minutes, but according to Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal, the Knicks reportedly offered Amar’e Stoudemire, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert for Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love.
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.
It seems like Phil Jackson knew there as no chance of landing Kevin Love, but followed through with the proposal to see what it would take to land Love.
Team president Phil Jackson and the Knicks were likely aware that they had little to no chance of landing Love with their proposal, which might have been more of a formality since several teams have called Minnesota to gauge what it would take for the Timberwolves to pull the trigger. But knowing that Love has quietly expressed an interest in playing in New York, the Knicks went ahead with an offer.
There is a chance the Knicks could land Love in the summer of 2015 when Love could become a free agent. The Knicks will have enough cap space to offer him a max deal. However, it seems like a slim chance that the Timberwolves would risk losing Love for nothing by having him play out his last season in Minnesota.