Although Kevin Love is reportedly spending his weekend hanging around in Boston, the Celtics are not the favorite to land Love in a trade.
Well there is actually no clear favorite to land Love this offseason (and Love may not be traded at all), many believe the Chicago Bulls could put together the best package for Love. Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders takes a look at what that package could include.
As Kevin Pelton noted at ESPN.com there is an argument that Kevin Love might be the most desirable player traded in nearly 40 years this offseason. Love’s shooting, passing, rebounding, post-scoring, and age (25) should make him the Bulls’ number one target. If he is willing to opt-in for the last year of his contract as a condition of a trade, the Bulls should move nearly any asset needed to pair him with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. They obviously will start by offering much less, but Chicago can put together a very attractive package featuring some combination of their two first-rounders this year, any future first-rounders, a top-10 protected pick from the Sacramento Kings, and Taj Gibson. They could also take back bad salary from the Wolves like Kevin Martin or Chase Budinger to make things more palatable. Boozer would of course be included for salary matching.
This package would probably be the best of any team with which Love might actually want to re-sign once he is traded. Other potential suitors might include Houston, Phoenix, and Golden State, but none feature the combination of Love-appeal and assets that the Bulls possess.
Love averaged 26.1 points,12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season.