There’s still over two months to go before we hit the start of the NBA free agency period in July, though there’s one name that keeps coming up when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers: Kevin Love.
Love has been linked to the purple and gold for years now, though his up-and-down season with the Cleveland Cavaliers – along with his shoulder injury, which is expected to keep him out of action for the remainder of the playoffs – doesn’t appear to have dampened the Lakers’ interest in the 26-year-old.
According to Kevin Ding from Bleacher Report, the Lakers plan to “go after everybody they can” during free agency as they “want to spend their money this summer.”
However, out of all the guys they’re expected to chase, Love still seems like the most likely player to sign a deal with the purple and gold, according to Ding:
The main thing is who are the Lakers going to get? They’re going to go after everybody they can. They want to spend their money this summer.
I still think Kevin Love is a great possibility for the Lakers, opting out of Cleveland. The Lakers really believe that he can be a centerpiece still. I know there are a lot of mixed opinions of him in the league.
But, Kevin Love loves L.A., his girlfriend is out here, there’s so many ties to Southern California. It just makes a tremendous amount of sense for him to be the one guy who really wants to come out here.
Ding goes on to say that the Lakers would “love” to land another big name player like Marc Gasol or a restricted free agent such as Jimmy Butler, but those signings seem less realistic:
The Lakers would love to have some of these other guys like Marc Gasol or LaMarcus Aldridge [and] some of these restricted free agents like Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler or Draymond Green. I’m not convinced that they’ll be able to do any of those deals.
Kevin Love is their best bet, and after that you’re starting to look at other guys like Greg Monroe or Paul Millsap who don’t quite have the same [appeal]. It’s just a matter of who will take that money that they’re offering.
It seems the front office is determined to finally land a talented free agent or two in July – it’s just a matter of which players actually have a mutual interest in joining the Lakeshow.
So, brace yourself, Laker fans. This could wind up being a crazy summer.