LeBron James was never planning on coming to Chicago this summer. Now that Phil Jackson is running the Knicks, the odds of Carmelo Anthony leaving the Big Apple for the Windy City are slimmer than ever before.
Which means that Bulls fans need a new white whale, because ever since Michael Jordan left for good, and took Scottie and Phil with him, that’s what Bulls fans have done. They’ve looked longingly at the horizon over Lake Michigan hoping for a new superstar to appear.
And then Derrick Rose came, and we thought that we had him. But Rose wasn’t enough. We still wanted LeBron. We still wanted Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo. We got none of them. We’ll get none of them.
But we might get the next one!
And that next one is Minnesota’s Kevin Love. Now, the accepted theory is that Love, who is from Los Angeles, will return home when he finally decides to leave Minnesota. And it’s a theory that makes a lot of sense, even if Minnesota is currently in better shape than the Lakers as far as basketball is concerned.
According to Lakers beat reporter Dave McMenamin, however, the Lakers probably shouldn’t go counting them chickens before they done hatched.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported Friday the Lakers would be willing to trade their upcoming pick in the heralded NBA draft — likely to be in the top half of the lottery — to land Love.
While Minnesota could certainly decide to go that route and hit the restart button, there is no assurance that the Lakers are truly Love’s most desired destination.
A source familiar with Love’s thinking told ESPNLosAngeles.com that it’s not just L.A. that is appealing to Love; he’s enamored with the idea of being “big time in a big city,” and that list of potential places he’d seek includes New York and Chicago, as well.
Did you hear, that? Love would consider Chicago and New York as well, but just ignore the part about New York, and ignore Los Angeles as well. Chicago was mentioned as a possibility, therefore Chicago is the only option.
Kevin Love is coming to Chicago. It’s only a matter of time. Just keep staring out over the lake, he’ll be there soon enough.
Okay, so now that the idiots are looking at the lake, the rest of us can figure out what the odds of this actually happening are. Based on history, I’d say they’re pretty damn slim. I still think he’s going to the Lakers if he goes anywhere, and to be honest, I’m not sure how much sense he’d make for the Bulls.
Does adding Kevin Love to this current Bulls roster (essentially replacing Boozer) make the Bulls a legitimate threat to win an NBA title? I don’t know for sure, but you have to think he increases their chances.
But what about Nikola Mirotic? From all accounts, Mirotic and Love are similar players, so would it make sense having both on the Bulls roster at the same time? It’s important to point out that Love isn’t a free agent this summer, but next summer. So maybe the Bulls could put together a trade package centered around Mirotic and their surplus of draft picks to send to Minnesota for Love? Would that even be enough?
Again, I don’t know. And I don’t know how much time we should waste thinking about it, either. Truthfully, right now my white whale isn’t Kevin Love, it’s Michigan’s Nik Stauskus. The more I see the kid play the tighter I cross my fingers and hope that he actually slips to the Bulls in the draft this summer.
But the son of a bitch is playing himself well into the lottery right now, so maybe Love might actually be the likelier option.
Guess I’ll go stare at the lake too.
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