Apr 4, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) is pressured by Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Minnesota Timberwolves won in 2 overtimes 122-121. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love rumors: Teams will pursue Love after LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony sign

Leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft, there was a rumor surrounding Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love everywhere you looked.

At one point it looked like the Boston Celtics, armed with two first round picks or the Chicago Bulls, who also had a pair of first rounders, may be the favorites to land Love. Then, it appeared the Golden State Warriors were set to land Love, but the Warriors could not agree on whether or not to trade Klay Thompson and several reports indicated the Los Angeles Lakers may now be the favorites. to land Love.

Although the destination isn’t known,we do know that Love won’t be traded right now.

Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders believes the Love pursuit will back up after Miami Heat forward LeBron James and big man Chris Bosh and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony sign.

I think he gets traded in July. Once some of these teams miss out on LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, they’ll turn their attention to acquiring Kevin Love. For awhile, the Timberwolves were holding out hope that they could persuade Love to stay (like the Portland Trail Blazers did last year with LaMarcus Aldridge), but I think they realize now that his exit is inevitable. There’s no reason to bring him in and have him spend half of the season in Minnesota; it just makes things messier and there’s too much drama. The easier thing to do would be trading him this month and just moving on.

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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