So maybe this summer won’t be Carmelo Anthony or Bust.
According to a report from ESPN.com, Kevin Love has told the Minnesota Timberwolves that isn’t interested in signing a contract extension with the team, and that he plans on becoming an unrestricted free agent after next season. All of which could be very good news for the Bulls, but according to the report, there’s even better news.
While Love hasn’t asked the Wolves to trade him just yet, the fact he doesn’t want to sign an extension is a pretty clear message to the team that he’s not planning on staying, which could push the Wolves to move him in a trade this summer. Two of the teams that Love is interested in are the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls.
Now, this isn’t exactly new information. I wrote about Love’s desire to be “big time in a big city,” and Chicago certainly qualifies as one of those. What makes this latest report more promising, though, is that while the Lakers and Knicks are certainly still in play — they are the Lakers and Knicks, after all — Love’s priority is reportedly immediate contention.
Neither the Knicks or Lakers can provide that right now.
Now, if the Bulls were to pull off a trade for Love, they’d have to get him to agree to an extension first, or the price wouldn’t be worth it. Odds are if the Bulls want to get Love they’re going to have to start with Taj Gibson and at least one of their two first round draft picks this summer.
I don’t know that there’s a trade that works or makes sense (maybe Minnesota would just take Boozer!) but it’s nice to know that the Bulls have another option should the pursuit of Carmelo Anthony not work out.
Hell, it’s possible they’d prioritize Love over Anthony, I don’t know.
Whatever they do, at least now we can all debate over which one they should go after until they miss out on both.
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