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    Some NBA Executives expect Kevin Love to join the Lakers sooner than later

    Report: Some league executives think Kevin Love will bolt Timberwolves for Lakers in 2015
    Kurt Helin
    Jan 10, 2014, 8:44 AM EST


    Kevin Love is frustrated — and he should be. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the point differential of a team that should be 23-12 (according to Basketball-Reference.com), yet they are 17-18. Minnesota is 0-10 in games that ended within five points, which is a combination of some bad luck and some poor execution at the end of games.

    That frustration manifested itself Wednesday night when Love lashed out at guys off the bench (on a night he was 4-of-20 shooting, for the record).

    What has to worry Minnesota and its fans is how that frustration manifests itself in the summer of 2015, when Love can and likely will opt out of his current deal.

    Ken Berger of CBSSports.com quoted one executive who spoke for a lot of others on Love’s state of mind come 2015:


    “They should trade him,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “No one thinks he’s staying. Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers.”

    Berger’s question is how should Minnesota handle this situation? Like Cleveland handled LeBron James and stick with him trying to convince him to stay? Like Utah did with Deron Williams and move him early? Something more like the middle ground of Dwight Howard or Carmelo Anthony?

    Minnesota’s plan is clearly to keep Love by making him not want to leave. They jettisoned David Kahn — the former GM who insulted Love by not offering the big man a max five-year extension on his rookie deal (saving that for Ricky Rubio) — and brought in Flip Saunders, who has a better relationship with Love.

    With Love, Rubio, Kevin Martin (acquired this summer), Nikola Pekovic and guys like Chase Budinger (just healthy now) and Corey Brewer this should be a playoff team, a growing young team. Berger notes that Minnesota’s model is not any of the players who bolted their teams listed two paragraphs up.


    But not all executives agree, and while none would wish Saunders’ dilemma on his worst enemy, there’s another situation that bears comparison to Love’s. That would be the one involving LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers.

    As Portland endured front-office turmoil and the bad luck of losing No. 1 pick Greg Oden and franchise cornerstone Brandon Roy to devastating knee injuries, it once seemed that Aldridge’s days in Portland were numbered. Though he frequently said all the right things publicly, suspicions around the league were growing stronger that a third straight non-playoff season this year would force the Blazers’ hand as Aldridge approached his 2015 date with unrestricted free agency.

    Portland GM Neil Olshey stayed the course, found Damian Lillard in the draft, put the right pieces around Aldridge, and voila: the Blazers have been the surprise story of the league with the third-best record in the West.

    It is impossible to say with any certainty right now what Love will do in 2015 — Love doesn’t know. He is frustrated today, and the Lakers have the cap space on the books to go get a max player in 2015, but both of those things could change in the next 18 months. If Love decides to leave Minnesota he will have a number of suitors, including potentially the New York Knicks.

    But know there are a lot of people around the league that think Love wants out of Minnesota and to get back to the city where he played his college ball.

    http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.c...akers-in-2015/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocco007 View Post
    Report: Some league executives think Kevin Love will bolt Timberwolves for Lakers in 2015
    Kurt Helin
    Jan 10, 2014, 8:44

    Kevin Love is frustrated — and he should be. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the point differential of a team that should be 23-12 (according to Basketball-Reference.com), yet they are 17-18. Minnesota is 0-10 in games that ended within five points, which is a combination of some bad luck and some poor execution at the end of games.

    That frustration manifested itself Wednesday night when Love lashed out at guys off the bench (on a night he was 4-of-20 shooting, for the record).

    What has to worry Minnesota and its fans is how that frustration manifests itself in the summer of 2015, when Love can and likely will opt out of his current deal.

    Ken Berger of CBSSports.com quoted one executive who spoke for a lot of others on Love’s state of mind come 2015:


    “They should trade him,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “No one thinks he’s staying. Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers.”

    Berger’s question is how should Minnesota handle this situation? Like Cleveland handled LeBron James and stick with him trying to convince him to stay? Like Utah did with Deron Williams and move him early? Something more like the middle ground of Dwight Howard or Carmelo Anthony?

    Minnesota’s plan is clearly to keep Love by making him not want to leave. They jettisoned David Kahn — the former GM who insulted Love by not offering the big man a max five-year extension on his rookie deal (saving that for Ricky Rubio) — and brought in Flip Saunders, who has a better relationship with Love.

    With Love, Rubio, Kevin Martin (acquired this summer), Nikola Pekovic and guys like Chase Budinger (just healthy now) and Corey Brewer this should be a playoff team, a growing young team. Berger notes that Minnesota’s model is not any of the players who bolted their teams listed two paragraphs up.


    But not all executives agree, and while none would wish Saunders’ dilemma on his worst enemy, there’s another situation that bears comparison to Love’s. That would be the one involving LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers.

    As Portland endured front-office turmoil and the bad luck of losing No. 1 pick Greg Oden and franchise cornerstone Brandon Roy to devastating knee injuries, it once seemed that Aldridge’s days in Portland were numbered. Though he frequently said all the right things publicly, suspicions around the league were growing stronger that a third straight non-playoff season this year would force the Blazers’ hand as Aldridge approached his 2015 date with unrestricted free agency.

    Portland GM Neil Olshey stayed the course, found Damian Lillard in the draft, put the right pieces around Aldridge, and voila: the Blazers have been the surprise story of the league with the third-best record in the West.

    It is impossible to say with any certainty right now what Love will do in 2015 — Love doesn’t know. He is frustrated today, and the Lakers have the cap space on the books to go get a max player in 2015, but both of those things could change in the next 18 months. If Love decides to leave Minnesota he will have a number of suitors, including potentially the New York Knicks.

    But know there are a lot of people around the league that think Love wants out of Minnesota and to get back to the city where he played his college ball.

    http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.c...akers-in-2015/

    I already had posted this in another thread. You are late.

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    Lol this Rocco guy, the king of posting up speculation articles.

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    At this point, its all pure speculation. Obviously, we'd love to get him(lol), but until he escalates this...I dont see anything happening anytime soon

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    Meh. I'll believe it when I see it.

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    Noooo :/


    Free As Seagull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Power House View Post
    I already had posted this in another thread. You are late.
    double post
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    Quote Originally Posted by New Power House View Post
    I already had posted this in another thread. You are late.
    Good for you. This deserves it's own thread though

    Here is a little add-on:


    Kevin Love has yet to make the playoffs since he came into the league and the way the Minnesota Timberwolves are playing there is a very good chance 2014 will have the same outcome for the six-year NBA veteran. Love's anger came out after the loss to Phoenix as he ripped a couple teammates. He did not mention their names, but clearly the words were intended for J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham.

    Love's future with the Wolves has always been in question after his feelings were hurt when former GM David Kahn refused to give him a five-year contract. Love can join the market in July of 2015 as an unrestricted free should he do the expected and decline his 2015-16 player option. Love can re-sign via a five-year deal, however many executives around the NBA feel he's gone in 2015.

    "They should trade him," an Eastern Conference executive tells Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. "No one thinks he's staying. Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers."

    The Lakers should have enough salary cap room in 2015 to lure Love back to LA. The New York Knicks will be a team in the mix, too. And maybe the Portland Trail Blazers should they lose LaMarcus Aldridge via free agency in 2015.

    Love will get everything he wants in 2015 and while GM Flip Saunders believes he can keep the power forward, that thinking could blow up in his face. With that in mind, Saunders needs to have a long talk with Love to find out if there is a shot at re-signing the All-Star. Saunders should trade him either this season by Feb. 20 or in the summer if Love doesn't say outright that the wants to remain with the Wolves long-term. Teams have taken that chance before with their franchise-player in the past and ended getting nothing or very little as he left via free agency. Love can bring back a very good package right now, so Saunders at least has to keep that as a possibility to help the team moving forward.

    -ESPN's Nick Borges

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    Wish we could trade gasol for love right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Power House View Post
    I already had posted this in another thread. You are late.

    Si what if he is late. Some of you dudes on blogs act like women bickering whose first with this information like you're Chis Broussard or something.

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    The biggest obstacle the TWolfs has to signing Love to another contract is the memory in Love's brain of his entire career in Minnesota. They can promise him that it will all be different in the future, that they've changed, that they've seen the error of their ways, but how is he going to KNOW that they'll follow through once he signs?

    If I'm Love there's just too much damage and too many broken promises. He can look at the Lakers and see how sincere they were in trying to sign Howard, how much money they just gave Kobe, and how well they've treated their big name stars over the years. There's credibility in the Laker brand even though all the bandwagon fans like to think it's been destroyed.

    The Lakers FO needs to start dealing for Love now so that the Minny FO realizes they have no options. They can see him walk or they can deal him for something in return that they can use or flip or just write off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handsof12 View Post
    Si what if he is late. Some of you dudes on blogs act like women bickering whose first with this information like you're Chis Broussard or something.
    The only person who thinks he's Chris Broussard is Sam Amico. And he's right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailGoodrich View Post
    The biggest obstacle the TWolfs has to signing Love to another contract is the memory in Love's brain of his entire career in Minnesota. They can promise him that it will all be different in the future, that they've changed, that they've seen the error of their ways, but how is he going to KNOW that they'll follow through once he signs?

    If I'm Love there's just too much damage and too many broken promises. He can look at the Lakers and see how sincere they were in trying to sign Howard, how much money they just gave Kobe, and how well they've treated their big name stars over the years. There's credibility in the Laker brand even though all the bandwagon fans like to think it's been destroyed.

    The Lakers FO needs to start dealing for Love now so that the Minny FO realizes they have no options. They can see him walk or they can deal him for something in return that they can use or flip or just write off.
    Nope, the Lakers should just stay the course. Our #1 priority should be drafting a player this offseason who can run the point and set up teammates. Give him a year to adjust to the NBA and then sign Love in 2015.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsthornton7 View Post
    Nope, the Lakers should just stay the course. Our #1 priority should be drafting a player this offseason who can run the point and set up teammates. Give him a year to adjust to the NBA and then sign Love in 2015.
    Nothing I'm suggesting regarding Love negates what you're saying. Yes, clearly we should press on in terms of landing the highest draft pick. I don't think there's any way we could land Love this year, but even if we did it would probably gut the team so badly that we'd still stink. I don't see Minny giving in that easily, however, and like you I think Love comes here in 2015 unless the TWolfs panic and ship him next year, which they should.

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    Some NBA Executives expect Kevin Love to join the Lakers sooner than later

    Do it Mitch!
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