Nov 23, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Rockets ‘outgunned’ in trade for Kevin Love


The Houston Rockets, seemingly never satisfied with their roster, have suggested they want to obtain another All-Star talent to go alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden.

Many have suggested that New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony may be such a target, though he’s yet to officially opt-out of his deal. Another name linked to Houston has been Kevin Love as the power forward has more or less requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Understandably, the Rockets are quite interested in such a move though their lack of assets will likely hurt their ability to trade for the All-Star, something they apparently know as Sam Amick reports the Rockets feel ‘outgunned’ regarding a Love trade.

“On the Kevin Love front, I’m told the Houston Rockets are pretty sure they’re outgunned in terms of having the assets that Minnesota wants,” says Amick.

While Houston does have Chandler Parsons who they could work into a sign-and-trade deal, their only only assets are the expiring contracts of both Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. Granted, those are valuable pieces to the correct team, but not the Timberwolves who would be looking to acquire young talent and/or draft picks in exchange for Love, not salary relief.

Multiple other teams like the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors, who’ve all expressed interest in Love can provide a combination of both young talent and draft picks (though Warriors would lack the latter) that would likely best the Rockets best offer.

For now, Love in Houston seems to be a bit of a pipe dream.

Tags: Houston Rockets Kevin Love Minnesota TImberwolves

  • J Taylor

    Houston’s got nothing to trade.
    Why would Minnesota trade for Asik or Lin when their contracts expire this year?
    And, why would a team help another team create a Big-3 and ultimately help create a monster they can’t beat in the playoffs?

    Ironically, the thought of Hardin, Howard, and Love is so dysfunctional that even if it were to happen, I’m not sure it makes them a better team.

  • Leonardo S. Alimar

    Rockets can make it self transform from outgunned to frontrunner….
    They just have to put James Harden on the trade to form a Howard-Love Duo…
    For sure Howard-Love duo will be more dynamic than Howard-Harden duo…