While it’s fun to think about Kevin Love potentially playing for one of the bigger market teams some time in the very near future, it also needs to be remembered that their might be a dark horse willing to give up a lot to grab him via trade, even if he doesn’t end up sticking around all that long. A team like, say, the Denver Nuggets, who according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, are prepared to make an interesting offer to the Timberwolves.
According to Bulpett, the Nuggets are prepared to offer up forward Kenneth Faried, swingman Wilson Chandler and –the icing on the cake– guard-forward Arron Afflalo, whom they would acquire from the Orlando Magic. Love is set to test the free agency market on July 1 when the period opens up, and according to SI.com, financially, this could all make some sense.
Chandler will make $6.7 million next season and then the Nuggets have a team option for $7.1 million the following year; Faried is below market value at just $2.3 million next season and then has a qualifying offer for $3.4 million in 2015. The Magic owe Afflalo $7.5 million next year and then he has a player option for $7.7 million in 2015.
Ideally, Denver is not a place where Love would want to end up, and all things considered, it’s unlikely that this occurs. However, you have to admire the run that the Nuggets are apparently making here.
Sources: in addition to Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried, Denver offering Minnesota a player they would acquire (Arron Afflalo) for Love.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 19, 2014