CBSSports.com is reporting that the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers are both interested in acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love.
With Love set to be a free agent in 2015, the Wolves may look at offers before he leaves for nothing. It will come as a surprise if the Wolves move their All-Star before the deadline though.
The Mavericks, who have been looking for their next franchise player to take the reins from future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki, would view Love as the best player to replicate Nowitzki’s skill set.
The Mavericks best trade piece is their 35-year old star, Nowitzki, but everyone knows that he will not be involved in any trade discussions. With the Mavericks inability to trade a first round pick, they may not have the assets to get anything done.
The Lakers are also looking for their star of the future with Kobe Bryant in the decline.
The Lakers package would probably include Pau Gasol, draft pick(s), and other pieces.
Love, who played one year at UCLA, may be up for the idea to return and play in Los Angeles.
It is to be seen what it will take for the Mavs or Lakers to get their hands on Love, but it’s safe to say it will cost a lot to nab the double-double machine.
Love is averaging 25.8 points and 13.2 rebounds a game for the Wolves this season.
Topics: Dallas Mavericks