Lakers Trade Whispers: Not Waiting Till 2015; Making Push for Kevin Love Now

Kevin Love, Kevin Love Lakers
Phota via ESPN.com (http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8427888/2012-nba-player-rankings-no-7)

Earlier in the year we heard the quote from the unnamed NBA team executive that said “Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers.” Speaking of Kevin Love’s desire to join the Purple and Gold when he can become a free agent in 2015. If this is true, than the Lakers are definitely interested in nabbing one of the best Power Forwards in the game and making certain that they keep that abundance of cap space that will be freed up this coming off-season.

Except, apparently the Lakers aren’t waiting until 2015 to make their run at Kevin Love, if you believe Ken Berger, NBA Insider for CBSSports.com:

Love - Ken Berger

We can’t quite qualify this as a trade rumor, so we’ll call it a whisper, but it’s juicy nonetheless. As Berger stated in his article, his sources are telling him that the Lakers are trying to put together an attractive trade package in order to entice the Wolves into trading away their superstar forward, but there is no indication that the Wolves are interested in moving Love at this time. 

The Wolves will have to at least consider moving Love to avoid losing him for nothing if he decides to walk in 1 year and now is as good a time as any to cash in. The Lakers have a large expiring contract in Pau Gasol and they have what is turning out to be a very high lottery pick for this coming NBA draft which is loaded with talent. The Lakers could also acquire additional picks with some of the pieces that they currently have on the roster.

Former Fox AM 570 Radio Show Host, Dave Smith, brought up an interesting trade partner to help the Lakers in their acquisation of Love.

https://twitter.com/davesportsgod/status/435950504271544320

If the Lakers are looking to move their 1st round pick in this year’s draft, and they will need to if they have any shot at acquiring Love in trade, they’ll have to acquire a 2015 1st round pick first as by NBA rule, a team can not trade away their 1st round pick in 2 consecutive seasons. The Lakers do not have a 2015 1st round pick, therefore, as it stands right now, they can not trade their 2014 pick.

Stay tuned as there is less than 42 hours until the trading deadline and what are now whispers may soon turn into loud, booming franchising changing news.

– Fern Rea

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