Mar 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) shoots the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love Rumors Starting To Heat Up; Houston Rockets Will Pursue


In an article talking about potential coaching options for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Adrian Wojnarowski (Yahoo Sports) says the Timberwolves are “under pressure” to start looking for deals to trade away Kevin Love.

“For the first time, [Saunders] sounds like looking at deals for [Love] is an option,” one rival executive told Yahoo Sports.

The article goes on to mention teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and Golden State Warriors as some of the many teams that will make a run for the star power forward.

The Timberwolves would be crazy to keep Love on the roster for one more season and then let him walk in free agency. Trading him with one season left on his contract would maximize his value and maximize the value sent back in return when they ship him elsewhere.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have been mentioned as his preferred destinations, but that doesn’t mean the Timberwolves would trade him there.

The Lakers have their first round pick to offer, but nothing much left to trade. The Knicks have no picks and little value to send the Timberwolves way.

Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; An exterior view of the Toyota Center prior to game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; An exterior view of the Toyota Center prior to game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Of course the national media will continue to mention the Lakers, Knicks, and Chicago Bulls as “big time” cities that Love would like to play for, however, the Houston Rockets would be the best fit for Love’s services.

Love is looking for a “big time” city with a chance to win a ring. The current Lakers and Knicks have zero chance of winning without convincing another star or two to join Love, and that likely won’t happen this offseason. The Bulls have a great coach with Derrick Rose returning next season but there is no guarantee Rose will return to his MVP form, and it would be extremely tough for the Bulls to make the cap space necessary.

Enter the Houston Rockets. A fourth seed in the Western Conference with two young superstars in James Harden and Dwight Howard. A “warm climate” and “big time” city (fourth largest in America) which Love reportedly seeks.

Does Love fit in Houston? No doubt about it. The Rockets have been looking for a power forward that can stretch the floor and rebound the basketball. Love is a perfect fit with the Rockets. Adding him to a roster with Harden and Howard would immediately put Houston atop the Western Conference.

Can the Rockets afford Love? Not currently. However, it’d be pretty easy to free up the necessary cap space.

The Timberwolves will certainly be looking to trade Love and that could happen as soon as this summer as they look to maximize his trade value. The Rockets have the assets to deal in such a trade. Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik would likely be headed to Minnesota along with Chandler Parsons and/or Terrence Jones. The Rockets could also include a few future picks and take back another Wolves player (Chase Budinger?) to make the deal possible.

The Timberwolves would be hard-pressed not to take such a deal. Though Ricky Rubio is in town – Rockets GM Daryl Morey has liked the PG, however I find it a bit unlikely that MIN would include him in such a deal – Jeremy Lin would bring a spark to the arena. Omer Asik isn’t a great fit in Minnesota but he has the trade value to bring back other assets.

Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones would also be nice fits in Minnesota and could help them build a young basketball team.

No other team can offer what the Rockets can in terms of young assets that are both good players, have both the playoff experience, and have the will and know-how to win in the regular season. Other teams (Lakers, Celtics) can offer their early first round pick this season, but not much else in return. The Timberwolves would have to decide if the want young and (somewhat) proven assets, or try and build through this year’s draft.

Love has yet to mention Houston as a preferred destination to the media but he’s likely interested in Houston as well. Rockets head coach Kevin McHale has a great relationship with Kevin Love and that could be a big reason Daryl Morey decided to keep McHale for another season.

The national media may not mention it, but the Rockets are certainly interested in Kevin Love and will be one of the frontrunners, if not THE frontrunner if Minnesota is serious about trading their All-Star power forward.

Has there been an official “expert” or reporter that has said it yet? Not yet. Just connect the dots. The Rockets will pursue. They may not get him, but they will go all out in trying to acquire their third star.

UPDATE:

In a tweet later on Sunday, Wojnarowski confirmed the interest will be there from Houston.

Wojnarowski writes in his article that Love’s bond with McHale could give the Rockets an advantage.

Officials believe Love’s close relationship and respect for coach Kevin McHale could give the Rockets an edge. 

Things will clear up a bit once the NBA’s draft order has been determined this coming Tuesday night.

For now Rockets fans, get ready for an offseason with lots of rumors. We’ll have it all covered for you here at House Of Houston.

Tags: Houston Rockets Kevin Love

  • Yossi Wibowo

    A futile attempt as for harden should make up for his lack of defense. Love should play together with Parsons, Howard, Asik, AND LIN! that will be a title contender to me.

  • Jah

    I wouldn’t trade for Love over Melo or Rondo. I wouldn’t trade for Love, period. He has absolutely no defense and can’t stop Aldridge or none of The PFs.

    However, if the Rockets brass make this bone head trade, at least we get rid of Parsons and Lin and hopefully, Motte juntas and Casspi, too. Even send McHale back, too.

    • Yoni Pollak

      Melo has zero defense as well. Having Melo or Love who are dominant offensive players would help negate their lack of defense. Jones isn’t capable of doing either of those.

    • LuvMyUsa1

      Thank goodness you’re not a GM ! Your talent evaluation suck’s !

    • setrue

      LMAO if you really think getting rid of Parsons and Lin is a good thing because the problems are Har en (No D) and McFail’s coaching still remain. Har en has been a playoff bust for the last 3 years, he is literally the Melo of the West. McFail letting him pad his Stats during regular season and being exposed in playoffs when team tighten defense and refs stop calling flops.

    • Tim Johnson

      Negersau

  • Brian Pahlm

    Celtics have nothing 2 offer? OK. With the new cba picks are worth more then ever. With the money tied up in harden and Howard love will kill your cap space. Same with melo. Houston would be better off residing parsons and look to grab a cheap stud on the draft like Randle. If Houston didn’t go all out for Howard they would be able to get love a lot eaiser. Free agents will not sign with the Timberwolves. They need draft picks and the Celtics have more then anyone and that is why the deal will get done. Now if Houston wants melo the Celtics will take lin and asik but it will cost them parsons. With melo and harden at your wings though that will kill your defense.

    • Yoni Pollak

      Celtics do have an intriguing offer. We will see where they land on during the draft lottery. If MIN prefers draft picks then HOU won’t get Melo. If they prefer young assets as in actual players, HOU has a very strong offer. Love and Melo both don’t play defense but are elite offensive weapons. Either of the two would put them over the top.

  • Jz Jz

    The problem with Parsons is that his contract is up at the same time as Love…I guess the Timberwolves could make him a restricted free agent and hold on to him that way…sucks for Parsons. The other intriguing guy is Asik…he’s also up after next year and doesn’t fit next to Pek. The Rockets have good assets, but i’m not sure they fit well in Minnesota other than Terrance Jones.

  • Ox

    Don’t you think it would make more sense to send Asik to a third team like ATL? something like
    ATL in: Asik
    ATL out: Millsap

    Minny in: Jones, Millsap, Parsons
    Minny out: Love

    Rockets in: Love
    Rockets out: Asik, Jones, Parsons

    throw a few picks in there, but the numbers work.