Friday, June 20, 2014

Potential Trade Packages For Kevin Love

Kevin Love T'wolves NBA Trade RumorsHeading into the 2014 NBA Draft, there is a lot of hype surrounding Kevin Love. Love has already let the Minnesota Timberwolves that he will be opting out of his contract at the end of the 2014-2015 season, making him a free agent. Knowing this, the T'Wolves are doing whatever they can to trade Love before the new season starts and there are several teams who are interested in the All-Star power forward.

Love is only 25 years old and is coming off a season where he averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists. At 6'10 243 lbs, Love is not only hard to guard inside the paint, but he shot 37.6% from behind the arch and attempted 6.6 3's per game.

It seems like in every trade rumors I've seen, Kevin Martin has been involved.  Martin is under contract through the 2016-2017 season where he will make over $7 million. The T'Wolves would like to trade Martin and avoid paying him for the next 3 seasons.

Here are the teams who have the greatest odds at landing Kevin Love.  Remember each of these teams would be acquiring Love AND Kevin Martin.

(ALL STARTING 5'S ARE WITHOUT ANY DRAFT PICKS OR FREE AGENT SIGNINGS)

*Assuming this trade is done before the NBA Draft on Thursday June 26th, this will give you a good idea of what each team is working with.*

Boston Celtics - Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk & Multiple 1st round picks

Celtics Starting 5:
Rajon Rondo
Kevin Martin
Gerald Wallace
Kevin Love
Vitor Faverani

T'Wolves Starting 5:
Ricky Rubio
Jeff Green
Corey Brewer
Jared Sullinger
Nikola Pekovic


Chicago Bulls - Taj Gison, Jimmy Butler & Draft Pick (1st round, 16th overall)

Bulls Starting 5:
Derrick Rose
Kevin Martin
Mike Dunleavy
Kevin Love
Joakim Noah

T'Wolves Starting 5:
Ricky Rubio
Alexey Shved
Jimmy Butler
Taj Gibson
Nikola Pekovic

Denver Nuggets - Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler & A player acquired through trade in 3-way deal (Arron Afflalo?)

Nuggets Starting 5:
Ty Lawson
Kevin Martin
Danilo Gallinari
Kevin Love
J.J. Hickson

T'Wolves Starting 5:
Ricky Rubio
Arron Afflalo
Wilson Chandler
Kenneth Faried
Nikola Pekovic

Golden State Warriors - Klay Thompson, David Lee & Draft Picks

Warriors Starting 5:
Steph Curry
Kevin Martin
Andre Iguodala
Kevin Love
Andrew Bogut

T'Wolves Starting 5:
Ricky Rubio
Klay Thompson
Corey Brewer
David Lee
Nikola Pekovic

Houston Rockets - Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik, Donatas Motiejunas & 1st Round Pick

Rockets Starting 5:
Patrick Beverely
James Harden
Troy Daniels
Kevin Love
Dwight Howard

T'Wolves Starting 5:
Ricky Rubio
Alexey Shved
Chandler Parsons
Dante Cunningham
Nikola Pekovic

Phoneix Suns - Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe & Multiple 1st round picks

Suns Starting 5:
Ish Smith
Kevin Martin
P.J. Tucker
Kevin Love
Miles Plumlee

T'Wolves Starting 5:
Ricky Rubio
Eric Bledsoe
Corey Brewer
Dante Cunningham
Nikola Pekovic

Which of these teams do you think would have the most success after the Kevin Love deal? Which team gives the T'Wolves the most in return? Sound off in the comment section!
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