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.
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.