Lakers, Mavs maneuvering for Love

 

Kevin Love, a free agent in 2015, has made it identified he needs to play in a serious market. (USATSI)

 

The Lakers and Mavericks are attempting to assemble trade offers for potential free agent Kevin Love, but so far the Timberwolves have given no indication they're going to take into account moving the All-Star ahead by Thursday's deadline, league sources told CBSSports.com.

Love will probably be a free agent in 2015, and it's broadly identified around the league that he and his agent, New York-primarily based Jeff Schwartz, are determined to get him to a major market. The Lakers, Love's first selection, "have the perfect shot" of landing the Southern California native, one individual acquainted with the participant's thinking said. There is no such thing as a incentive within the CBA for Like to signal an extension with Minnesota before he has an opportunity to say no his player option and hit the open market in July 2015.

Giving up vital belongings for Love would be problematic for any team that is not assured it is going to be capable of signal him when he turns into a free agent. That's clearly not an issue for the Lakers.

Nonetheless, different teams are mentioned to be feverishly pursuing a premium first-round decide that may very well be included in a bundle for Love, a three-time All-Star who is fourth in the league in scoring (25.eight factors per sport) and second in rebounding (13.2).

In the long run, it will fall on Timberwolves president Flip Saunders to pull the set off on a Love deal or wait him out and hope he's capable of turn the franchise's fortunes around in time to persuade him to stay. Minnesota has but to make the playoffs in Love's 5 seasons and is probably going headed to the lottery again this year.

In line with a person accustomed to Saunders' strategy, he has indicated there's "no approach" he'll commerce Love by Thursday's three p.m. ET deadline.

Any Lakers supply would have to embrace Pau Gasol, whose $19.3 million contract comes off the books this summer time. Rival executives consider the Lakers' finest likelihood of shifting Gasol is to a staff that views him as worthy re-signing to a more cheap deal this summer time – not as a rental. With Kobe Bryant out indefinitely and the Lakers tied for the fourth-worst report within the league, their 2014 first-spherical choose can have value – but can only be traded if LA can purchase one other first-round choose first. Their 2015 first-spherical pick has been conditionally traded to Phoenix.

During All-Star weekend, Bryant stated the Lakers having cap house this summer time is "right in their wheelhouse" and mentioned he's assured GM Mitch Kupchak would make the strikes obligatory for a "quick turnaround." LA at present has room to signal a max free agent this summer time, however could choose to amass one by way of commerce after which make extra moves in 2015-sixteen, Bryant's final season below contract.

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