Jan. 6, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 102-77. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

LaMarcus Aldridge Could Be Had For Kevin Love?

One of the greatest Minnesota Timberwolves trolls of ALL-TIME has written a softball puff-piece over at nba.com. And while I wouldn’t want to stress anyone out in the waning moments of the holiday weekend, I would like a good laugh; and a gossip columnist like Sam Smith is good for one of those.

My favorite part? Identifying the turd in the punchbowl as a turd and then proceeding to give every detail associated with the turd he can think of. As much as I’d like to think of Wes Matthews draining 3s for the Wolves instead of on them, this is just ridiculous.


One of the fantasy trade names you hear a lot is the Timberwolves’ Kevin Love, in part because of comments he made about uncertainty with the organization when he didn’t get offered the maximum contract he could make.

There seemed to be a rift with general manager David Kahn, who was replaced by NBA veteran Flip Saunders. Since then, Love represented the Timberwolves at the lottery and seemed to offer allegiance to the Timberwolves in subsequent interviews. He doesn’t have an opt out until the summer of 2015, so there’s no urgency as Saunders certainly would want to see what he has.

But I could see something brewing regarding Love that might make sense for the Timberwolves as much as Saunders likes Love.

There have been questions in Portland regarding LaMarcus Aldridge with the emphasis of the team going to point guard Damian Lillard and Aldridge being most identified with the previous group that included Greg Oden and Brandon Roy and coached by Nate McMillan. Not that the Trail Blazers don’t value Aldridge. But there have been a lot of whispers about him shooting too much and not rebounding enough. And Portland is not expected to resign J.J. Hickson.

Love is from Oregon and has expressed a desire at some point to get back to the West Coast. Perhaps with Nikola Pekovic, the Timberwolves get a high scoring big man in Aldridge and a defensive shooting guard to play off Ricky Rubio like Wesley Matthews for Love. Minnesota has enough short contracts to match salaries. It’s not something believed under discussion, but it could make sense for both teams.

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