Lakers could offer high lottery pick for Kevin Love
The Los Angeles Lakers are not used to having a losing season. In fact, they have only missed the playoffs twice since 1976. The Lakers don’t rebuild, they reload, which is exactly what could happen after this miserable season is finished.
Enter Kevin Love. His roots are in California, and has been a hot topic around perennial rumor mill. The Lakers are the obvious choice, but the Minnesota Timberwolves have been reluctant to negotiate a trade with their franchise 25 year-old power forward. But that could all change seeing that the Timberwolves are most likely going to miss the playoffs once again and Love only has one year left on his contract after this season.
Via ESPN/Marc Stein:
The suggestion is already in circulation that the Lakers will attempt to use their forthcoming high lottery pick in June to assemble the sort of trade package that finally convinces the Wolves to part with Love and end the uncertainty that hangs over this franchise even before the 25-year-old enters the final year of his contract. Yet there is just as much defiance emanating from Minnesota, as we speak, about the Wolves’ ability to keep Love in town.
The Timberwolves might have a hard time passing up a potential franchise player in Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins if the Lakers were able to position themselves to land one of them. If the Timberwolves brass turned down a trade with the Lakers that could land one of those two players, and then Love ended up leaving Minnesota after next season, that would be a catastrophic blow to the organization that has fallen on hard times. The pressure is officially on in Minnesota.