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: Chicago Bulls need a ‘sweetner’ to acquire Kevin Love


Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward is like on his way out of Minnesota and the Chicago Bulls are considered to be the favorites to land Love by many.

The Bulls have two first round picks in next month’s draft and have several young assets they could potentially part with (Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and Tony Snell). Although the Bulls are said to prefer New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, Love may be a better fit.

Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders examines how the Bulls could land Love, adding that they need to add a “sweetner” to acquire him.

All things considered, Love’s best chance to get to the NBA Finals might be as a member of the Chicago Bulls. If Derrick Rose can play even half as well as he did prior to his repeated injuries he could be just the backcourt mate that Love was hoping to have in the vastly overrated Ricky Rubio. Joakim Noah took his game to a higher level this season and the Bulls have a history of filling out their roster with savvy veterans who contribute on a high level under the watchful eye of head coach Tom Thibodeau. Carlos Boozer’s ending deal could be sent to Minnesota, making the Timberwolves players in a 2015 free agency class that promises to be one for the ages. The Bulls would need a sweetener, though, as the Timberwolves would also have a huge amount of cap space if Love himself just walked away.

Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while  shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe.

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  • Kevin Woods

    Personally…..I’d prefer ‘Melo over Love……especially given Love’s stated intent to become an un-restricted FA after next season.

    I just hope that if the Bulls do manage to get either player this summer, they don’t get carried away and gut the roster in the process.