Minnesota Timberwolves are thinking about trading Kevin Love

Kevin Love is on the trade block, but where will he end up?

5/19/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Apr 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) between plays against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsKevin Love has made it clear that he won't sign a long-term deal to stay in Minnesota with the Timberwolves, so it's almost certain that they'll have to trade him before he leaves as a free agent without them getting anything in return.

There are a few teams that have both the interest in a player like Love, and the pieces that could potentially get the deal done.

Love was the third best player in the NBA last year based on ESPN's Player Efficiency Rating, trailing only Kevin Durant and LeBron James.

The Suns, Lakers, Knicks, Warriors, Bulls and Celtics are some of the teams mentioned in connection with Love, and they all have different things to offer.

The Celtics and Suns are stacked with high draft picks. The Warriors have solid forwards like Harrison Barnes and David Lee, who might attract interest. The Bulls are one of the teams that Love is most interested in, so that could be a factor if he lets it be known that he'll sign with them long term. It might be hard for another team to part with a substantial trade package if they're unsure whether or not he'll stick around for several years, or just be a one-year rental.

The Lakers and Knicks don't really have much to offer in terms of draft picks or players, but they have the cache of being in the two biggest markets in the league. They might have Love's interest, even if they find it difficult to get the Wolves' interest.

The Wolves are most likely seeking a first round pick, in addition to at least one proven veteran.

This could be a huge blockbuster if and when it happens, since Love is one of the best players in the game. His trade destination could shift the power in the NBA and create another potential title contender.

But who will it be?
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