The rumors of Kevin Love being traded to the Golden State Warriors this offseason have been quietly present for at least the past year, and now there may be some truth to those rumors.
According to ESPN, Love has no intention of re-signing with the Timberwolves when he becomes a free agent after next season. Therefore, the Timberwolves may be forced to trade him for some value or risk losing him completely in 2015.
The report indicates the Warriors and Bulls as two teams that Love has interest in going to. Specifically, the Warriors have “emerged as a top contender” for Love. They could put together a package of David Lee and Harrison Barnes, although they don’t have the ability to trade draft picks.
However, Love comes with a risk. If the Warriors trade for him before next season, he will still be a free agent come 2015, and there’s no guarantee that he will sign an extension. Teams such as the Lakers and Knicks are drooling for a big-name superstar like Love to come aboard.
Love, 25, has made the All-Star team three of the past four seasons. He averaged a career-high 26.1 points per game last season to go along with 12.5 rebounds. However, in his six seasons with the Timberwolves, his team has yet to reach the postseason.
If they want to truly become an elite team, the Warriors need another difference maker, that vaunted second star that can play alongside Stephen Curry. Kevin Love could be that player, and if the Warriors can swing a deal for him, exciting times will be a-coming in Golden State.