According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Denver Nuggets put together a package they hope could win them the Kevin Love sweepstakes.
Sources: Nuggets offering Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and 11th pick for Kevin Love and Kevin Martin
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 20, 2014
Unless the Minnesota Timberwolves are dead set on mediocrity over the next few years, it’s hard to see how this is a compelling offer, especially when other teams have made it readily known that better players and prospects are available. Who and what are some of those possible players and prospects? Klay Thompson of Golden State, the number one overall pick from Cleveland, and the barrage of draft picks at Boston’s disposal. Neither of the mentioned packages would push the Timberwolves into the NBA playoffs, but based on face value, they’re more compelling packages.
A Love acquisition for Denver pulls them one step closer to playoff contention, but there’s a big chance Love could pull a Dwight Howard on the Nuggets and leave for greener pastures the following summer. That’s a huge risk to take, though if Denver is convinced they can keep Love in town following the 2014-15 season, there’s no reason for them not to pull the trigger if Minnesota agrees to a deal. A core of Ty Lawson, Kevin Love, and a healthy Danilo Gallinari is an interesting, though defense would be a major issue. Of course, the Nuggets are dead set on Javale McGee being a defensive anchor, so you can see why they aren’t afraid to compile a core whose strength isn’t defense.
With the draft coming closer, the offers will begin to leak, and if teams are as interested in Love as they’ve made it seem, this offer won’t be the one that frees Love from Minnesota.