HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors

April 23, 2014 Updates

At the least, it is an inspiring sign of what the franchise envisions. James may be a Suns dream, but the franchise will never be able to open new doors without first having the boldness to knock. To that end, the Suns would not be done with signing James. The Suns become a lot more attractive to Kevin Love if James is around and if Love is on the trade market this summer. Dream big. Arizona Republic

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The dream scenarios are hitting the lottery for a healthy Joel Embiid, or trading their No. 1 pick to Minnesota for Kevin Love. The Lakers will certainly make the offer; the Timberwolves might even go for it if Love, who’s widely suspected of wanting to join the Lakes, tells the Wolves that he’ll walk when his contract runs out in 2015, otherwise. Forbes.com

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While the current Suns haven't been on the doorstep of greatness quite as long as those Phoenix teams of 20-plus years ago, there is a school of thought that the Suns are possibly one player away from really making noise. And at least one person thinks there's a player who could make a Barkley-like impact. "Kevin Love is that type of player," Majerle said. Love, 25, has one year remaining on his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves and a player option at over $16 million for 2015-16. Speculation is rampant that the three-time All-Star could be dealt this offseason and if that happens, the Suns could be serious players. "I am a huge Kevin Love fan," Majerle, a member of that 1992-93 Suns team and now the head coach at Grand Canyon University said. "One time I talked to him, he was taking the ball out of bounds by the Suns' bench and I said 'how do you get all those rebounds' and he just pointed at his heart. "He is about an inch taller than I am, I'm 6'6", so he's 6'7" and he is not overly athletic, but he is a rebounding machine." Arizona's Sports Page

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Will the Wolves offer Love a new deal this offseason? “We have to wait,” Taylor said. “We could do an extension for two years, but I don’t think it’s something they would be interested in right now and we’re not pushing it, either. We’ll wait until next year, most likely.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Taylor and David Kahn, then president of basketball operations, decided in January 2012 to offer Love a four-year contract extension rather than the five-year maximum “designated player” deal that Love wanted. To convince him to sign, they offered the option of becoming an unrestricted free agent after three years. Taylor was asked if he now considers that decision a big mistake. He paused before answering. “Let’s wait one more year to answer that question,” Taylor said. “I think it’s a good question to ask at this point because Kevin has played as well as we hoped, and maybe even better. To have him tied up long probably would be better than not, but we still have one more year and we’ll see. My hope is it doesn’t make any difference, that Kevin can get the money one way or another and we’re in position to do that.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The T-Wolves are a high-scoring team, third in the NBA, with a league-best 11 games when they’ve outscored their opponents by at least 20 points. But a game after they went for 143 against the Lakers, Love didn’t score in the fourth quarter and finished with only 14 points — about half of his usual scoring output. “I might be getting sick or something,’’ he said after scoring all of two points in 16 minutes after halftime. “I just had zero energy in the second half. I had nothing.’’ Hearing what Love said, Paul Pierce, who guarded Minnesota’s power forward most of the game, had the diagnosis. “Pierce-itis,’’ he said, walking out of the locker room. “It’s getting around.’’ New York Daily News

March 29, 2014 Updates

A Los Angeles reporter tried to get Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni to admit his team will have interest in Kevin Love, who is expected to opt out of his contract and become a restricted free agent in July 2015. “I would rephrase that and say everybody wants a guy like that,” D’Antoni said. “When you’re talking about one of the best players in the league, yeah, makes sense.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Even Kevin Love tapped the brakes on all the talk about him coming to the Lakers as a free agent in July 2015. He was born in Santa Monica, played at UCLA, still spends some of his off-season in Los Angeles. But everybody should just calm down, he implied. "You know, my parents lived there and they had me there. It's not my fault," he said. "I don't really care about that right now. I just go out there and play and don't think about it." But, yeah, it is kind of strange to see a Lakers team this sad. "Sure," he said. "It would be like the [San Antonio] Spurs coming out and having a bad year. Stuff like that doesn't happen. I guess it's a little weird." Los Angeles Times

March 28, 2014 Updates

The suggestion is already in circulation that the Lakers will attempt to use their forthcoming high lottery pick in June to assemble the sort of trade package that finally convinces the Wolves to part with Love and end the uncertainty that hangs over this franchise even before the 25-year-old enters the final year of his contract. Yet there is just as much defiance emanating from 'Sota, as we speak, about the Wolves' ability to keep Love in town. ESPN.com

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