The Sacramento Kings are theoretically offering up the eighth pick in the draft for Kevin Love without the need for an extension on the table in a move that seems somewhat insane, but also likely to limit our odds of acquiring the star power forward.
Kevin Love wants to leave Minnesota. He wants to go to California. I don't think Sacramento is what he had in mind though.
The Kings haven't made it to the playoffs in the past eight years, and quite honestly, they don't look all that close now. Love doesn't seem like a particularly good fit for the Kings either, and he'd likely be much closer to the playoffs by simply staying in Minnesota.
Of course, Love doesn't have a choice if the Timberwolves trade him. If the offer of the eighth pick is legit then Minnesota will have to think long and hard about that. The return on Love will go down dramatically if he's not traded this off-season because teams won't have time to convince him to extend.
In that scenario, Love can limit his FA destinations in any way he chooses which leaves the Timberwolves with few options and likely no good ones. If they trade him now, they may get significantly more value, and unfortunately for Bulls fans, Chicago might not be in the running.
Would our offer of Boozer + 2 firsts + Mirotic trump what the Kings are doing? I don't know. Perhaps. It's certainly more bullets for them to use than a single pick, however, there's no guarantee Mirotic will play for Minnesota or come over soon while the two firsts combined aren't worth the eighth pick.
One positive that might come out of a Kevin Love trade scenario is that if Love were moved to the Kings he might improve their play enough to get them out of the bottom 10 picks in the draft and into the range where the Bulls would get to keep the 1st rounder from the Kings next year.
Another scenario is that they could then look to trade Love at 10c on the dollar in February if they continue to play badly and Love tells the Kings he won't be staying there either.
Either way, the trade rumor sets a bottom line price for Love that the Bulls would have to beat, and since they don't have "good" picks, it might be challenging to beat it depending on what Minnesota feels it wants.
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