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“I think there’s a possibility, sure.”
That was Mitch Kupchak’s response when a reporter asked him whether there was a possibility that the Los Angeles Lakers could trade their lottery pick this summer.
Of course, Kupchak didn’t reveal any potential targets, though there’s one name that will instantly spring to the mind of many Laker fans: Kevin Love.
According to longtime NBA writer Mark Heisler, the Lakers are indeed planning to offer their 2014 first-round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for the talented big man.
“The dream scenarios are hitting the lottery for a healthy Joel Embiid, or trading their No. 1 pick to Minnesota for Kevin Love,” Heisler writes. “The Lakers will certainly make the offer; the Timberwolves might even go for it if Love, who’s widely suspected of wanting to join the Lakes, tells the Wolves that he’ll walk when his contract runs out in 2015, otherwise.”
The Timberwolves are currently at a crossroads after their legendary coach, Rick Adelman, retired earlier today. The franchise has also missed the playoffs every year since Love was drafted in 2008.
Still, many Laker fans think the purple and gold should hold onto their lottery pick and instead attempt to sign Love in the summer of 2015 when he becomes a free agent.
The Lakers’ pick is currently projected to be sixth overall, though that could change on May 20th when the team takes part in the lottery.
Also, it’s worth noting that it’s currently unclear whether the Wolves would even be interested in trading Love to the Lakers for the pick.
Still, you can expect the rumors to heat up over the next couple of months as we approach draft night on June 26th.