Last week, Ken Berger from CBS Sports shared an interesting tidbit with us: Apparently, “everyone knows” Kevin Love wants to be a member of the Los Angeles Lakers according to one NBA Eastern Conference executive who Berger spoke too.
However, it appears that the Lakers may have some competition in 2015: The New York Knicks.
“Love, in the top four this season in scoring and rebounding,” Sam Smith of Bulls.com wrote. “Is said to be favoring the Lakers or the Knicks in free agency in 2015 when both will have money for perhaps two free agents.”
That’s interesting. This isn’t the first time that Love has been linked to the Knicks, though.
In a piece by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports in November, the super-connected NBA insider revealed that the Knicks were already setting their sights on Love in 2015. However, as far as I know, this is the first time that Love’s apparent interest in going to New York has been reported.
In the end, though, you’d have to imagine that if the Lakers still have enough cap space to offer Love a maximum salary deal in 2015, it’d be hard for the L.A. native to turn down the chance to don the purple and gold, especially if it meant the possibility of him once again joining forces with ex-UCLA teammate Russell Westbrook.
There’s also the chance that the Minnesota Timberwolves could look to trade Love before his opt-out year arrives in order to snag assets for their star power forward instead of simply losing him for nothing.
So, should the Lakers try trading for him now instead of waiting for the summer of 2015 to roll around?
While the Wolves have reportedly shown a great deal of interest in Pau Gasol in the past, it would appear that they could find a better deal for Love at this point in time, so 2015 free agency is still likely the Lakers’ best chance to acquire Kevin Love.
H/T Lakers Nation