Dec 20, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) guards Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) in the second half of the game at Staples Center. The Lakers won 104-91. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

NBA trade rumors: Lakers dream scenario is trading for Kevin Love


The Los Angeles Lakers found themselves eliminated from the playoffs and in the draft lottery, but they are unlikely to land the top spot in the 2014 NBA Draft. With the Lakers chances of securing one of the top prospects in this year’s draft, it appears they have their eyes set on one of the top forwards in the league.

There have been rumors linking the Lakers to Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love for months, and now they are expected to offer their first-round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Love.

From Forbes.com:

The dream scenarios are hitting the lottery for a healthy Joel Embiid, or trading their No. 1 pick to Minnesota for Kevin Love. The Lakers will certainly make the offer; the Timberwolves might even go for it if Love, who’s widely suspected of wanting to join the Lakes, tells the Wolves that he’ll walk when his contract runs out in 2015, otherwise.

The Timberwolves will need to figure out what Love’s future with the team is, but like the report states, if he lets the team know he will not be back then they would be wise to jump on any trade offer — especially if it is for a lottery pick.

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  • J Taylor

    More Like: The [article writers] Lakers dream scenario is trading for Kevin Love.

    If the Lakers got any one of the top 6 players in the draft, it would make them stronger contender to sign Love next off season.

    Is citing another Journalist a proper source? Or is this what Internet Media has become?

    • Keith Cetra McClellan

      Are you suggesting that it’s more of a “dream” then a reality that the Lakers can land Love? That’s crazy talk, haven’t you seen the deals this organization has pulled off in the past that people like you have scoffed at?

      Sounds like you’re not a fan of the Lakers and don’t want them to land love if anything with that comment.

      • William Knowles

        He is suggesting, quite reasonably, that trading a valuable asset for a player you can get in free agency isn’t optimal. The dream is to get both. Worse, the goal of a championship probably requires both.

  • FredJ

    If you’re Minnesota, the Lakers’ first-round lottery pick and sign-and-trade short deal on Pau Gasol could make sense, pairing Spaniards Rubio and Gasol

  • quickster

    The Lakers should not resign Pau Gasol and 19 millions of cap space. Take the draft pick and pick a point guard. Why? you have one has been in Nash and often injured in Farmar. Oh yeah, he should have been out of the league in Marshall. Draft Dante Exum to be the point guard. Try to sign Luol Deng for the small forward position and pay him 14 millions and you have enough money to get Greg Monroe for 5 millions a season. He is currently making 3 millions a season. Remember the cap space for next season is 63 millions per team. In 2015, Let Nash walk and 9 millions of cap space. Kevin Love should be a free agent and try to sign him. He will be asking probably around 15 to 16 millions a season. The Lakers might have to go over the salary cap for one season just to sign him. In 2016, Kobe will be a free agent and 24 millions of cap space is available. You can sign a Klay Thompson for the shooting guard spot. He is currently making 3 millions but the Lakers can offer him 7 millions. Recap 2016 starting five, Greg Monroe at center, Kevin Love at power forward, Luol Deng at small forward, Klay Thompson at shooting guard, Dante Exum at point guard. The most important a new head coach like a Byron Scott now