This is Part Three in a 29-part series that will tour every team in the league with the purpose of exploring any and all trade combinations that would involve Kevin Love being shipped out of Minnesota. Trades are meant to be realistic regarding Love’s trade value and may include three-team trade possibilities. All 29 teams will be examined prior to the June 28 NBA Draft.
Let’s preface this by noting that the Brooklyn Nets will not trade for Kevin Love. Their cap situation is an ugly mess, and they already traded a boatload of of draft picks to Boston in exchange for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and others.
But hey, let’s give it a shot. Is there anything on the Nets’ roster that could potentially interest the Wolves?
Answer: No. Literally, there is nothing that Brooklyn could sent to Minnesota that would move the needle in a Kevin Love trade. Garnett has one year and $12 million remaining on his contract and has been rumored to be a near-lock for an ownership stake in the Timberwolves alongside his old coach, Flip Saunders. It’s also a possibility that he could retire this summer, although it seems unlikely, what with $12 million coming his way.
Of course, Garnett was a shell of even his Boston-self in 2013-14, so he wouldn’t technically be much help for the Wolves in his current state. (As Zach Harper suggested a few weeks ago, however, circa-2003 KG would be of great help.) But let’s see if we can find a way to get Garnett and others to the Wolves by way of a three-team, Kevin Love-centric trade. Hold, please….
…Okay, after spending a good couple of hours on the ESPN Trade Machine, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Nets simply can’t acquire Love. They don’t have anything of value to give. Pierce is a free agent, Joe Johnson is still vastly overpaid, Deron Williams appears to be declining rapidly before our eyes, Brook Lopez isn’t going anywhere, and it’s doubtful that Mason Plumlee would, either. Marcus Thornton is overpaid, too, but he’s one of the few potentially move-able contracts that Brooklyn has.
Garnett ending up in Minnesota after a Love trade wouldn’t be the craziest thing ever. It just seems like a very Flip-ish move. At the same time, it’d be nigh impossible to get Love to Brooklyn.
We’ll be back shortly with the Charlotte Bobcats. Something tells me that they’ll have something more to give than the Nets…