• Love, Love, Love

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    Raffy Ledesma

    Raffy Ledesma

    Three-time All-Star power forward Kevin Love is currently the most sought after big man in the NBA. After announcing his intent to become a free agent after the 2014-2015 and leave the Minnesota Timberwolves, several teams have been trying to package deals to trade for Love. To ensure that they get something for their prized big man, the Timberwolves have been intently listening to some offers.

    In 6 seasons with the Timberwolves, Love has been a double-double machine averaging 19 points and 12 rebounds over 364 games out of a possible 492. He missed major time in 2012-2013 but bounced back last season to post career bests in points (26.1) and assists (4.4) to go with 12.5 rebounds. Love is a player that can stretch the floor with his outside range, has a solid nose for the ball, can pass, and high basketball IQ. Unfortunately, Love has yet to reach the playoffs with Minnesota.

    Only 25 years, Love is about to enter the peak of his career and is angling to join a team that would give him playoff success.

    Currently, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the front-runners in the Kevin Love sweepstakes. Prodigal son LeBron James has personally reached out to Love asking him to come play in Ohio. What LeBron wants, he gets. Additionally, the Cavaliers are one of the few teams with financial flexibility and assets to acquire Love.

    Reportedly, any trade for Love would involve this year’s No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins. He is one of the most talented players drafted in recent years and has All-Star potential. Some say, he can even be a Hall-of-Famer. Wiggins can play both ends of the floor, excelling on defense with his length and speed. Minnesota will likely go with this deal since it’s not every day they can get a young talent as good as Wiggins. He is their best bet to get anything of value for Love.

    Landing with the Cavs would be ideal for Love since he will become better playing off James. He also won’t be carrying much of the burden with Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson as teammates. A Love-James combine would instantly make the Cavs top favorites to win the East.

    Another team in the mix is the Chicago Bulls who can offer several complementary pieces. They have offered banger Taj Gibson and two intriguing rookies namely Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott for Love.

    In Chicago, Love would also thrive since he will team up with the come-backing Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. The team-first, defense-first Bulls system would be a boon for Love since he will be able to show-off his skill-set and go deep into the playoffs.

    Wherever he goes, Love will make an immediate impact and help his new team. Finally, he will be able to spread the Love.

    SIDELINES. In the 2013-2014 season, Love became the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 900 rebounds, and 100 3-pointers in a single season.

    raffyrledesma@yahoo.com

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