Ever since the NBA Draft Lottery finished up, I have been working on some sort of three team deal to get Kevin Love to Houston. Why Kevin? I think he is the perfect fit for the Rockets and I think the Timberwolves will deal him before the season starts.
Here is my suggestion for Rockets GM Daryl Morey, using ESPN’s NBA Trade Machine.
The Timberwolves would also receive #8 from Sacramento and #25 from Houston.There is a lot to swallow in this deal. Three teams, eight players, two picks, and a lot of money.
There are so many ways to form a three-team deal but it does not happen often in the NBA. It is hard enough to get two managers to agree to a trade, even more so three general managers. However, Rockets GM Daryl Morey has worked with these organizations several times in the past. Morey acquired Thomas Robinson from the Kings during the 2012-2013 season. Morey also worked with the Timberwolves when he traded Chase Budinger two summers ago, and acquired Donatas Motiejunas and Jonny Flynn a summer before that.
The Kings and Timberwolves have also worked out a deal recently, swapping Derrick Williams and Luc Mbah a Moute early last season. Morey has yet to work with new Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro but he likely has dealt with several other Kings executives in their front office.
Let’s take a look at why each team would and would not take this deal.