Apr 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kevin Love...Is He Coming??


Breaking News to Pippen Ain’t Easy! The Chicago Bulls want Kevin Love! Well so does everyone else including the team he currently plays for, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ever since Kevin Love reportedly told the Timberwolves that he was not going to sign an extension after the season, RRRRRRRIIIIINNGGGGG!!!! The phones have been ringing off the hook from every team in the NBA it seems.

Minnesota desperately wants to keep Kevin Love. Kevin Love desperately wants out of Minnesota so that means the Timberwolves are going to have to make a deal so they can get some assets for the future albeit players, draft picks, financial relief, you know the deal. There are a lot of issues that have to be worked out starting with the owner Glen Taylor. He does not want to let Kevin Love go. Whether its denial  or delusion, Glen Taylor should be used to this by now. Check out some of the players that he has had issues with around contract time.

Stephon Marbury

Remember when Kevin Garnett got that huge 126 million dollar contract from the Timberwolves? Seems like a lifetime ago doesn’t it. Well that contract led to a work stoppage back in 1998 based on the league’s salary cap and ceilings to player salaries. After the strike was over Marbury couldn’t command as much money based on the collective bargaining agreement at the time. Marbury rebelled and forced a trade to the New Jersey Nets.

Kevin Garnett

The one thing about this guy was he was loyal and earned every bit of the money in that huge contract. He gave his heart and soul to Minnesota. No doubt about it. But we all should remember that interview he had with Mr. Bill Russell when he broke down crying saying…”I just want to win man.” It was painfully obvious that wasn’t going to happen in Minnesota. Eventually he was traded to Boston and he won his title.

Latrell Sprewell

Sigh. This still gets me to this day. Remember when the Timberwolves offered him that three-year 21 million dollar contract? Remember when he turned it down? I know you remember the famous phrase, “I got a family to feed.” Now he’s reportedly bankrupt and still has  that family to feed.

The point here is this, Kevin Love should be gone quicker than Carlos Boozer. That is  IF the Timberwolves are smart or in touch with reality at this point. Based on these three valuable players (including Sprewell, the Timberwolves had playoff success with him) Love has checked out.

There are two different teams that have allegedly become the leaders in the clubhouse for a deal for Love. They are the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls. Both have sent proposed packages that are reputable. The word around the campfire is that  the Bulls have a better deal in place than Boston along with other scenarios. Let’s go over Boston’s package.

It is to be noted that  according to Jackie McMullan of ESPNBoston.com there is a soap opera that goes with all of this…

1) Glen Taylor still has not gotten over the Garnett trade that led the Celtics to the championship. (Would you? The Timberwolves still haven’t sniffed the playoffs since.)

2) Some of Kevin McHale’s friends think Flip Saunders undermined him in his last days at Minnesota. Like that illegal contract negotiation with Joe Smith along with the fact that the Timberwolves record was terrible had nothing to do with it.

3) When Doc Rivers hired Flip Saunders as  a “postseason consultant” (where do these guys get these jobs?) there were no real interaction between Ainge and Saunders. I mean who gets along with Danny Ainge anyway?

Unsolicited advice from Pippen Ain’t Easy… Watch how you treat people in business, you never know if you might need them in the future.

If what Jackie says is true. Boston might not be able to swing a deal. But if they do, here’s what they can offer…

Two first round picks in this draft (No.6 and 17).

Lottery protected 2015 first round pick from 76ers (if Philadelphia misses the playoffs, it becomes two second rounders.)

2015 Clippers first round pick.

2016 Nets  first round pick.

The higher pick of their own and the Nets’ 2017 first round pick.

2018 Nets first round pick.

Boston could offer a combination of these picks with Joel Anthony, Keith Bogans, Chris Johnson and either Phil Pressey or Chris Babb to match salaries. Outside of Anthony who makes 3.8 million everyone else can be waived immediately.

Minnesota gets: A ton of financial relief and a press conference explaining why Kevin Love wasn’t given away for a box of Newports and Puma sweats and if they will be as bad as Philadelphia was last year.

Chicago has a great package to send as well.

Two first round picks in this draft (No.16 and 19).

Top ten protected pick from the Sacramento Kings between 2015 and 2017.

The higher pick of their own and Cleveland’s 2015 first round pick (as long as the Cavaliers fall out of the lottery.)

Nikola Mirotic’ rights.

Jimmy Butler.

Taj Gibson.

Carlos Boozer’ expiring 16.8 million dollar contract. Boozer’s contract matches up the salaries.

Here’s the  situation. Let’s just say that Bulls have a better package than the Celtics. Kevin Love says sure and the trade is made on let’s say draft night. Has everyone overlooked something? Kevin Love is a free agent after this year.

If the Bulls make this trade, BOY it had better work. I have stated over and over that the Bulls can’t mortgage their future for a big splash free agent. Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson were important cogs in the future of the Chicago Bulls. Gibson is a budding star if he continues to work on his game like  he did last year. Nikola Mirotic  is a guy that was the justification of Luol Deng trade last year remember? The draft picks were all from the Deng trade last year remember?

Remember what happened to the Lakers a couple of years ago? They made the trade for Dwight Howard thinking they could back up the Brinks truck to resign him. Howard went to LA found out Kobe is not nice, the sun shines too much, somebody kicked his dog, found some of Stan Van Gundy’s friends, then  somebody talked about his baby pictures and he left for Houston. This past season the Lakers suffered their worst season in their storied history. Pippen Peoples that’s saying a lot.

Speaking of Brinks trucks, the Bulls are going to pay the guy right? I’m going out on a limb and say that the Bulls will wisely NOT give Kevin Love the max deal and rightfully so. If LeBron James is not getting max dollars, no one should. But they still have to deal with paying Derrick Rose 20 million in 2015-16 and how about Joakim Noah? After coming into his own this year, he’s going to cash out in 2016. After paying these guys, got any money left to pay the other players? Or are you going to pay Mike James…again.

If the Chicago Bulls make this deal, it needs to be a sign and trade. Love needs to be locked up for the future. It is not worth the gamble to give all these assets up for a guy that is not guaranteed to be around for a while. In my opinion, I really think Kevin Love covets the Los Angeles Lakers. Plus I think the Lakers are quietly positioning themselves to make a run.

Think I’m playing? How many people saw the Shaquille O’Neal signing back in the 90′s? I’ll wait. The same scenario is coming around again. The Lakers have only two or three players under contract with a ton of cap space. If the can find a sucker…I mean suitor to take Steve Nash off their hands the  situation looks sweeter.

Pippen Ain’t Easy will be investigating this Kevin Love saga leading up to draft night which I think everything will go down. Keep it locked to Pippen Ain’t Easy for the best choice for Bulls news previews and reviews.

Tags: 2014 NBA Draft Chicago Bulls Kevin Love NBA Rumors

  • Leroy Boyd

    I am convinced that the Bulls wont trade Taj Butler Mirotic plus Boozer and 2 picks please somebody think the Bulls are the Knicks( Melo deal). I dont see the Bulls doing that.

  • KING HARVEY

    I think the proposed trade is something like

    Boozer (expiring)
    Gibson
    Snell
    both first round draft picks
    mirotic
    bobcats pick

    for

    Kevin love and Kevin martin

    This is the only scenario that matches contract wise and it’s the Only scenario where both teams seem like they giving to much from both sides thats if they use the bobcats pick but everything else is gonna go if love comes….

    a team of

    Rose
    Martin
    Butler
    Love
    Noah

    is actually pretty damn good martin can still put up 30-40 points
    get your self a good bench and the chance is there

    but it seems like MELO still is the play …you need somebody lebron has to defend lebron has to work in order to beat the heat on both ends and ive noticed when he plays melo he looks rather lost defending him

    im wondering if the bulls could pull off an epic win by doing a 3 team trade with new york and minny resulting in both love and melo signing here

    ima have use the slightly in accurate due to salary changes trade machine to see if that is viable

  • Jimbo

    Yea I don’t think the offer bulls made is everyone that was listed. I think it was mirotic OR both or picks and either gibson OR butler. Also bulls are not stupid enough to make a deal without knowing Kevin love would resign the next year. Lakers may be a championship team but with the moves their making we can see that they’re not that smart and that howard deal proves it. Also bulls being one of the teams Kevin love actually said said he was interested in and his relationship with d rose would not make it hard to sign him to a deal here. Although it sounds like the howard situation last yr. It’s really not exactly the same.

  • dl weems

    the bulls are not going to mortgage the future for the future….They keep mirotic…..or trade him for love with maybe butler or taj or else the keep mirotic and give up taj snell, maybe boozer and next year first round draft picks for Love
    then bring deng back as well….make a late season move to trade for bring back omar asik near season end

  • dl weems

    bulls starting lineup rose butler love mcdemott noah with Gibson mirotic and bairstow augustine off the bench

  • dl weems

    deng also …BULLS CAN GO 9 to 10 DEEP this year if they play their cards right…..LEAVE CARMELLO WHERE HE IS

  • dl weems

    the bulls would not sign love to a 1 year deal…the new deal would void his old contract…..he will get multiple years

  • dl weems

    its called trade and sign

  • dl weems

    THE MIAMI HEAT ARE COMICAL TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO RETRICK THE LEAUGE…NO AMOUNT OF BIG THREE OR 4 COLLUSION CAN HELP YOU NOW LE BRONNIE

  • dl weems

    MIAMI HEATB RIP