On Monday morning, news leaked suggesting that teams looking to acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves would prefer to wait until after the draft, allowing the NBA’s new salary cap to set up.
The reasoning behind that would be that the teams interested in acquiring Love would have a few extra million dollars to play around with considering the cap is expected to jump a bit. Of course, that doesn’t exactly do much for the Timberwolves who according to a rival general manager, would like to trade Love before the draft via Pro Basketball Draft.
One GM I spoke to thinks the Timberwolves trade Kevin Love by draft night. “The distraction will only get worse the longer he’s there.”
There’s little reason for the T’Wolves to wait until after the draft as they need to acquire picks before the draft so they’ll be in position to select the players they want. Of course, if teams refuse to part with their assets before the draft the Timberwolves could be in for a bit of a rude awakening though given the interest in Love, it’s hard to believe at least one team wouldn’t be willing to make a move before the cap grows.
The Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings are all teams who are expected to put forth offers for Love, though only the Kings have suggested they will make a deal without Love (a free agent to be) signing an extension before the trade.