The San Antonio Spurs rarely make headlines during the offseason. Yes, they traded George Hill, who at the time was a promising young point guard, to the Indiana Pacers for the rights to the 15th-overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, which was used on former San Diego State Aztecs’ guard Kawhi Leonard, who has turned into an excellent player, but that’s about the biggest move we’ve seen the team make.
With time winding down on the current big three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs need to find players to add to their younger core that consists of Leonard and center Tiago Splitter, among others.
One player that would make a lot of sense for the Spurs is Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.
ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss believes it would be the perfect fit for both sides.
In theory, the San Antonio Spurs would be a great landing spot for a star desperately in need of a winning experience. Like the Lakers, they have space for a 2015 Love signing. The Spurs also have trade pieces, depending on what they’re willing to part with and whether the Wolves value Tiago Splitter’s rim protection.
While some Spurs fans might scoff at the suggestion that Love would help the cause, there is the issue of how San Antonio replenishes what the Big Three leave behind. As Herbert Stein’s Law dictates, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” Just because Tim Duncan has been successful long enough to feel timeless doesn’t mean he’s immune to time’s ravages.
With Love’s ability to knock down outside shots, make good passes and rebounds, he would be a dream for the Spurs.
Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.