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When the Los Angeles Lakers failed to jump into the top three of the NBA Draft last week, many people felt that their chances of trading for Kevin Love died instantly.
However, according to Darren Wolfson from 1500ESPN.com, the Minnesota Timberwolves may actually have their eye on a couple of players who could be in the Lakers’ range at the seventh pick.
While discussing the chances of the Sacramento Kings trading for Love, Wolfson revealed that such a deal would only be “enticing” to the Wolves if the Kings were able to land either Julius Randle or Noah Vonleh during the draft on June 26.
So, does this mean the Lakers have a shot at landing Love via trade? Possibly, though a few things need to be taken into consideration here.
The Kings pick directly after the Lakers at eight, so there’s a chance that both teams could end with Randle and Vonleh, and seeing as Sacramento would also be able to offer players in a trade for Love, they’d likely have the upper hand on the Lakers who currently only have four players under contract (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre and Kendall Marshall).
Although, this could also work in the Lakers’ favor, too: If the Kings don’t offer any players to the Timberwolves of any real value, the purple and gold could elect to absorb Love’s contract thanks to their upcoming cap space, which would help the Wolves rebuild by providing them with salary cap relief of their own.
Then again, other teams such as the Boston Celtics (sixth pick) and Utah Jazz (fifth) could select Vonleh or Randle purely to land Love if the Wolves really do covet those players in a deal for their All-Star forward, and both of those teams would be able to assemble more attractive packages than the Lakers, too.