Kevin Love is playing the best basketball of his career right now. He is on a team that has some talent, but not quite enough to make the playoffs in the brutal Western Conference and that has left Love frustrated.
There’s no telling whether or not the Timberwolves will look to trade him this offseason, but if they make him available it would make sense for a number of reasons:
1. His value won’t get any higher and they would get a colossal return for him.
2. He will become a free agent after next season and could leave the team without them getting a return if they don’t trade him.
3. If they miss the playoffs yet again, maybe its best for them to start rebuilding and try something new.
What does Phoenix have to offer, you ask? Well, they probably have more to offer up in a trade than any other team in the NBA does thanks to their six 1st round picks in the next two drafts.
Along with their six 1st rounders in the next two years, they also have some promising young players that they could package up with those picks to help sweeten the deal. Some names that come to mind are; Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris (package deal), Archie Goodwin, Alex Len, and Miles Plumlee.
Hypothetical Trade #1
Minnesota receives: Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, Archie Goodwin, PHX’s 2014 1st round pick, the 2014 WASH 1st round pick, and the Lakers’ 2015 1st rounder.
Phoenix receives: Kevin Love, 2014 2nd round pick.
Yes, I know that is giving up A LOT of young talent and picks, but that’s about what it will take to get Minnesota to even listen. Adding Love to a core of Goran Dragic, Gerald Green, Eric Bledsoe, Channing Frye, Miles Plumlee, PJ Tucker, etc. would be a dream come true for Suns fans. Plus they would still own three 1st rounders in the next two years so their future wouldn’t be put in jeopardy.
If that’s not enough, then desperate times may call for desperate measures.
Hypothetical Trade #2
Minnesota receives: Eric Bledsoe (sign and trade), WASH 2014 1st round pick, PHX 2015 1st round pick and Alex Len.
Phoenix receives: Kevin Love.
Giving up Bledsoe wouldn’t be ideal, but it could be something they have to consider if they really want to land a star. Plus, with giving away Bledsoe they wouldn’t have to add as many picks or younger players to make the deal possible.
One thing is certain, and that is that Kevin Love will cost a lot IF he becomes available. Phoenix needs to be aggressive and strike with a package that Minnesota can’t refuse and get the deal done.
Something else they would have to sort out would be Love’s contract. He would absolutely have to agree to an extension with the Suns to make the deal worth it, so there’s another challenge in acquiring the UCLA product.
The bottom line is that Kevin Love would be an excellent fit for the Phoenix Suns system and could help take this team to the next level and make them title contenders once again. I think I speak for most Suns fans when I say this: get it done, Ryan McDonough.
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