Now that the likes of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony have made their free agency decisions, the basketball world will shift their attention back to Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. Of course, it doesn’t seem like the Timberwolves have found a deal they like and are in no hurry to part with the Love.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes New Orleans Pelicans’ power forward Ryan Anderson could be a Timberwolves’ target.
Well, Flip’s been playing it really close to the vest and it’d take some mind-reading here, but I’ll give it a shot. At best we know he’d want veterans, and certainly he’d need a power forward, some scoring, and some rebounding to replace what Love gives them. Ryan Anderson is sort of like a Kevin Love-light in some ways, so if you could get him to Minny, I think Flip would be intrigued. And a nice 3 and D guy for the wing always comes in handy, so throw in Trevor Ariza (a guy who’d become eligible to be traded in December and whose contract is reasonable), or a reasonable facsimile.
Obviously, the Pelicans aren’t in play for Love, but maybe they could be the third team in deal. Anderson could likely be had now that the Pelicans have acquired center Omer Asik and seem committed to using star big man Anthony Davis as a power forward.
Anderson was limited to just 22 games because of a herniated disc in his back last season. He averaged 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 43.8% from the field, 40.9% from beyond the arc and 95.2% from the free throw line.