This past weekend, All-Star forward Kevin Love released a statement saying that he does not intend to sign an extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to the walking double-double, two teams that he has expressed serious interest in are the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls (!!!!!!!!). There have been rumors over the years that K Love has wanted to come to Chicago to play alongside Derrick Rose, possibly because they have spent many summers together in L.A. working with trainer Rob McClanaghan. Not only do I think Love would be a perfect fit in Chicago, but I also believe that he could be the key piece that makes us a true championship contender.
People have criticized Love since he’s been in the NBA for not being able to take his team to the playoffs even though he clearly played in the tougher conference. Do I believe an organization could build a team around him? With the right supporting cast yes, for sure. Majority of his teammates in Minnesota were very below average, making it very difficult to have any sort of success at the NBA level. Personally, I don’t consider K-Love as a super star in today’s NBA, mainly because I classify the term “superstar” as being a two-way player. (i.e. James, Durant, Dwight?) He is a below average defender who tends to get very lackadaisical on that side of the ball.
Even if he is not of superstar status, I still very strongly believe that Love is an elite player. Over the past two seasons (not including 2012-2013 due to his wrist injuries), Love has averaged 26 points, 12.5 rebounds, and also averaging just over 45% from the field. This is a great field goal percentage for Love because he is one of the few big men that are deadly from three-point range. (around two 3PM per game) Having a big man that is able to stretch the floor has become quite the luxury in the league as of late, which is another reason why I am a huge supporter of getting him into a Bulls uni.
In order for Chicago to acquire Kevin Love, it will most likely have to happen via trade. It would be a huge mistake for the Timberwolves to let Love walk next year without getting any value for him. If I’m the Bulls, I am wiling to part ways with anyone on the roster not named Rose or Noah. Jimmy Butler is a fan favorite and Taj just had a great season, but you cannot pass up on players of Love’s caliber. We would also have to give up a few current/future draft picks, but the Bulls should be in a win now mode and should NOT be messing around. With a big three of Rose, Love, and Noah while surrounding them with a solid supporting cast, the sky would be the limit for this team. The Bulls need to make a serious splash in the near future, and acquiring Kevin Love would definitely satisfy that.
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