Apr 8, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) is congratulated by guard Kendall Marshall (12) after passing Mark Jackson (not pictured) to move into third on the all-time NBA assist list in the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love trade offers: Los Angeles Lakers


Apr 8, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) is congratulated by guard Kendall Marshall (12) after passing Mark Jackson (not pictured) to move into third on the all-time NBA assist list in the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This is Part Fourteen 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.

It is nearly impossible to make a Love-to-Lakers trade work on the ESPN Trade Machine.

Quite literally, it almost does not work. The Lakers only have a handful of players under contract: Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Nick Young, Robert Sacre, Kendall Marshall, and MarShon Brooks. That’s it.

Bryant is the only player that’s off the table. The unfortunate thing is that there’s nothing on the table that Minnesota would be interested in. Young is terrible. The Wolves already have three centers, so Sacre is uninteresting. Nash is old and expensive, and Marshall and Brooks simply aren’t very good at basketball.

So here’s what we’ve pieced together, although it hurts to even allow myself to type this out:

Minnesota receives: Steve Nash, MarShon Brooks, Kendall Marshall, Robert Sacre, #7 overall pick

Los Angeles receives: Kevin Love

Do I even have to try and justify this? No? Okay, good. It makes me question the whole process of coming up with one trade for every team. There’s literally nothing there.

Having Nash in the twilight of his career would be fun exciting depressing, but at least he could mentor Rubio, right? And old Nash is better than Barea-y Barea as a back-up point guard.

The Wolves would almost immediately waive and/or trade the other “pieces” in this deal. I mean, this whole thing is ridiculous. Although I should probably get a pat on the back for even finding something that actually works according to the NBA’s Collective Bargaining agreement, right?

Tags: Kevin Love Kevin Love Trade Rumors Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Steve Nash

  • Ben Rheinheimer

    Couple issues. Young has a player option and Brooks is going to be a fa(espn is wrong on this), so they can’t be traded. however, they do own options on bazemore and Kelly. In reality though, LA doesn’t need to trade anyone because they will have around 20mil in cap space. So they could give the 7, a future dp, some cheap throw in assets, and a nice bid trade exception. But you are still right. This won’t interest the wolves.

  • Nope Nopee

    The Lakers have cap space as an asset and don’t have to salary match. Whole I agree the lakers arnt an attractive Love trade, I don’t think you considered t Lakers taking any contract the wolves don’t want along with love.