ESPN’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne say ” that the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls are among the potential trade destinations that intrigue Love,” according to sources.
This comes after the All-Star power forward has expressed that he wants to test free agency following this year, forgoing his player-option with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the process. Kevin Love is, in a sense, forcing Minnesota’s hand to get something out of him before he walks, and that may work in his favor.
Some of his landing spots have included the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks, but only today had the Warriors and Bulls also emerged. The Phoenix Suns may also be in the mix since they have plenty of draft picks which the Timberwolves would covet if Kevin Love were to leave.
The Golden State Warriors do not have the luxury of multiple draft picks, and instead would probably package David Lee along with a young star of two. Whether that would be enough to entice Minnesota is another story. However, having Kevin Love apart of a hybrid triangle offense under Steve Kerr would be fantastic to see.
Many had thought the signing of Kerr, to the tune of 5 years and $25 million, was Golden State’s big free agent splash. However, Joe Lacob and the rest of the front office have shown that they are willing to spend in order to win. They showed it last year with Andre Iguodala as well as Kerr this year, and don’t be surprised if they make a serious run at Love this offseason. It may even extend all the way until next season’s trade deadline if he is still available.