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

NBA Rumors: Kevin Love not as interested in Los Angeles Lakers?

With the Minnesota Timberwolves about the miss out on the postseason again, many figure it is a foregone conclusion that Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love will wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Whether or not he will force his way there via a trade or wait until after he becomes a free agent following the 2014-15 season is the only question for several pundits.

That may not be the case.

Although Love has ties to the area – he is from Santa Monica, California and played for the UCLA Bruins – he likes the young core in Minnesota and realizes they are currently ahead of the Lakers in the standings and as far as building a team is concerned.

However, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, one source believes Love wants to be in a big city, but that doesn’t necessarily mean joining the Lakers.

While Minnesota could certainly decide to go that route and hit the restart button, there is no assurance that the Lakers are truly Love’s most desired destination.

A source familiar with Love’s thinking told that it’s not just L.A. that is appealing to Love; he’s enamored with the idea of being “big time in a big city,” and that list of potential places he’d seek includes New York and Chicago, as well.

Love is averaging 26.3 points, 12.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game this season.

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