Kevin Love is one of the best players in the NBA. He can shoot from anywhere, rebound, block, pass, and defend, and that’s why he garnered so much interest when he told the Timberwolves he was not interested in returning for the 2014-15 season. Since then, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been shopping him around, since they would rather get something in return than to lose him in free agency. The Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and many other teams, including the Denver Nuggets have made trade offers to Minnesota, hoping to acquire the star player.
Love wants to leave the Timberwolves due to their inability to make it to the playoffs during his time there. He wants a championship, and that will be a main factor when he works with Minnesota on a trade offer. This is also why it would be a very risky move if Denver does get Love. They have had trouble in the championship department, never reaching the NBA Finals since they joined the league. If Love does come to Denver and realizes that this is not the right place, he could leave them at the end of next season, and the Nuggets will be in a worst position than they have now. This is a move that will require caution.
Since Denver doesn’t have much of a history of greatness, their offer will have to be spectacular. The offers I’ve heard of have been
Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, and aquiring Arron Afflolo, in turn for Love. This would clear up the room needed to pay Love in Denver, but offers no draft picks or salary relief to Minnesota. But it also sounds like this is the best offer by any team so far. Boston is offering Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and a couple of draft picks, and Golden State doesn’t seem to want to give up Klay Thompson and David Lee’s contract would be a big one for Minnesota, so the Nuggets offer is looking the best so far.
If Denver is the place for Love, they would have a team vying for the playoffs next season. The starting five would be Ty Lawson, Randy Foye, Danilo Gallinari, Kevin Love, and JaVale McGee. This is only if both Gallinari and McGee are ready to go at the beginning of the season, both of them returning from injuries last year. The Nuggets already have a solid roster, but are lacking that star power that take teams to the top. Since Carmelo Anthony left, they have not had that superstar that big teams have. Even with the depth that Denver has, they won’t be able make the Finals and win.
This is a big risk, big reward situation. If they get Love and make a run in the playoffs, this will be the home for him. If they don’t make the postseason, he might leave. But if they don’t even make a run at him, they can expect not to make it to the NBA Finals anytime soon.