Mar 28, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) runs on the court in the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Warriors Emerge As “Top Contender” To Trade For Kevin Love

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.

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  • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

    David Lee and Kevin Love are basically the same player. Wasn’t Andre Iguodala that “difference maker” when they signed him? Wasn’t Andrew Bogut the “difference maker” when they traded Monta Ellis for him?

    So acquiring a slightly better version of Lee in Love puts them over the top?

    Warriors are seriously lacking at center. Bogut peaked at age 25 and has been steadily declining since due to injuries. O’Neal is close to retirement.

    Steve Kerr isn’t exactly a “closer” coach. In fact he has never coached before. So the Warriors might even regress with the loss of Mark Jackson.

    Phoenix is a much better fit for Love and have six 1st rd picks compared to none for the Warriors to package with Channing Frye, Markieff and Marcus Morris.

    • SFURY35 .

      Hmmmmm… I think not. Ezeli? He’s a Center. Should be back this season. I’m pretty sure the Warriors will be looking for another Veteran big man too. Regress? HAHAHA! The Warriors are already built to win. Phoenix? Those 3 names are horrible that you mentioned. Love wants to win now. He hasn’t tasted the playoffs in his 6 years in the league. Why go to a non-contender and waste his time? Warriors are the better fit for Love!

  • Alan Craig

    With Bogut, Warriors beat Clippers. Jackson didn’t understand that players and fans don’t fire coaches, front office does. Most of these trade Lee for some stiff are stupid yet they’re always here. But the thought of having Curry and Love doing the pick and roll would be as good if not better than Stockton and Malone the best ever. You can only have 2 big scorers 25 ppg on a team so Thompson would have to be in trade with Lee and other considerations. If this deal were possible, I see no problem for Love committing to winning team like Warriors and playing with Curry. Barnes would be SF like Brewer with Wolves and Iggy moves to SG keeping his same role. Bogut, if healthy, would cover for defensive liabilities like he has been. Plus, Lee’s rebounding is part of defense and Love is even better. The Wolves were always injured and screwed up their draft choices or Curry and Love would have been teammates. Remember, Magic and Bird were weak defenders covered by Jabbar and Parish/McHale and won many NBA championships.

    • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

      This isn’t fantasy basketball we are talking about. DeAndre Jordan is only 25 years-old, has played all 82 games the past two seasons and is still improving.

      Bogut has been in decline since he was 25 years-old four years ago.

      IF, IF, IF, IF, IF…… Bogut’s best days are in the rear view mirror. Near the end of the season Timofrey Mozgov completely and totally embarrassed him. Bogut hasn’t played in all 82 games since his rookie season and has missed more than HALF of three seasons.

      The Warriors don’t even have a center in waiting as his back-up. Old man O’Neal had to be called upon.

      Like I said, Warriors need a center. IF Andrew Bynum had two good knees he would be All-NBA.

  • Alan Craig

    IF,IF,IF,IF,IF Bynum had 2 good knees plus 1 good head on straight and wasn’t a 26 year old washed up ex-player. Warriors don’t need Bogut’s best days, just to be healthy enough to battle playoff caliber teams like he did last year. By the way Jordan bombed out against Thunder in playoffs allowing rookie Adams his best games of year.