Kevin Love to the Bulls? Not... gonna... happen...

Kevin Love to the Bulls? Not... gonna... happen...
Keith Allison

Kevin Love has made it very clear that he does not want to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has an Early Termination Option in his contract next summer, and he has made it very clear to Minnesota general manager Flip Saunders that he will definitely opt out of his contract.

The Bulls made a push for Love in June, trying to complete a trade for him just before the NBA draft. Obviously they weren't successful, so they moved on with their lives, signing Pau Gasol in free agency.

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The Golden State Warriors were also active in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, offering up a few different trade scenarios, none of which were inticing enough for Saunders to trade his All-Star.

Since Kevin Love can become a free agent this summer, any team that trades for him will want his assurance that he will sign a long-term extension with the team. Love has never been on a playoff team in Minnesota and naturally wants to go to a winning team. The Warriors and Bulls both fit that bill, and they have other features that are attractive to Love.

Kevin Love is from California, and he has stated that he would love to play in Cali once again. Kevin Love is also very close friends with Derrick Rose, and Chicago is a large market, so he has stated he would like to play for the Bulls.

Kevin Love To Cleveland

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Once LeBron James announced that he was taking his talents back to Northeast Ohio, all of a sudden Cleveland became an attractive destination to Love. And Cleveland's assets are attractive to Saunders and the Wolves - specifically Andrew Wiggins, who was the #1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

The Cavs have also offered Anthony Bennett, the #1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, and undisclosed future draft picks. While the trade has been rumored to being close to completed several times over the last week or two, as of now the two teams have not made a trade.

All of a sudden on Tuesday, reports started to surface that the Bulls were renewing their interest in trading for Kevin Love. According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bulls have offered Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic for Love. But there are just a few problems with Cowley's report.

First of all, Cowley's report quotes only a Minnesota source, and nobody from the Bulls. He also says that the source couldn't confirm that Mirotic would be involved in the deal, but I have a problem with any source saying the Bulls would trade Mirotic.

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According to my source in Madrid, the Bulls gave Mirotic and his agent Igor Crespo assurances that Mirotic would not be traded by the Bulls if he could come to terms of a buyout with Real Madrid. And the Bulls are certainly not going to go back on their word, as it would set a horrible precedent for other players in Europe.

And without Mirotic in the deal, the Cavs' offer of Wiggins, Bennett and future picks is much better than Gibson and McDermott (and "other assets").

It seems fairly obvious that this entire rumor was started by the Wolves in an attempt to get more from the Cavs in a Kevin Love trade. Taj Gibson was told that he is not being traded when he showed up at the Berto Center today, and I believe him.

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    Don Ellis started covering sports professionally when he was 15. The same year (1980), as a student assistant at Seeger Memorial High School in West Lebanon, IN, he was one of the first in the world to use, study and implement analytics in basketball. He attended Daytona State College and Ball State University, and some of his past credits include InsideHoops (NBA Runaround: The NBA According to Ellis) and ESPN Florida (The Florida Sports Reporters), where he was fortunate enough to work with many rising stars, including NFL Network's Dan Hellie, Redskins coach Jay Gruden, Magic radio and TV personality Dante Marchitelli, and WSB-TV (Atlanta) Sports Director Zach Klein. In addition to running the Bullsville blog and officiating basketball, baseball and football for the KHSAA, he is also a bass player and vocalist who writes and produces music in his spare time (you may remember his internet hit "I Hate Eddy Curry"). He's a 3rd-generation Cubs fan, a Bulls fan since the days of Van Lier and Sloan, and a life-long New England Patriots fan. He's seen Primus 9 times and thinks Les Claypool walks on water. By far his greatest accomplishment is being a father of three and grandfather of one.

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