Kevin Love – a name synonymous around the NBA with rebounding. Love, who has averaged 12.2 rebounds for his career and had three years with at least 13 rebounds per game is much more than just a rebounder though. Love has averaged 19.2 points per game over his six-year career.
Let’s forget about the career numbers, though, and let’s look at his performance this past season. Love averaged 26.1 points per game for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Only Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James averaged more points this season.
His 12.5 rebounds per game were only surpassed by DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond. Did I mention he’s only 25 years old as well? That’s right; the great Kevin Love hasn’t even entered the prime of his NBA career.
Why all the attention on Love, you ask?
Reports have surfaced in which Love has informed the T’wolves he isn’t happy with all the losing. He wants to contend; therefore he has informed the team that he will not be resigning with them after his contract ends in 2015.
This ultimately forces Minnesota’s hand into listening to offers and eventually shopping the 6’10” power forward before next season’s trade deadline or they risk the thought of losing him with no compensation.
Sources told ESPN that Love finds the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls very desirable and he would be open to joining either organization. However, if they are looking to deal the big man, they’re going to do what’s best for the team and not for Love.
That being said, would Love be a good fit for the Dallas Mavericks?
The Mavs still have Dirk Nowtizki and as he showed this year, is still their number one option. At 36, though, it’s hard to keep Nowitzki in that burdensome position for the next couple of years. Love and Dirk are very similar except Love is a better rebounder and defender.
Could Love become the heir apparent to Dirk in Dallas?
With Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson calling the shots, I wouldn’t put anything past them. As they do each year, you know they will be going after the big-name free agents and top players available in trade.
There’s no telling who tops the Mavericks priority list of offseason targets. You can bet, though, if there’s a chance they could add Love to the rotation of Dirk, Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon they will.
Check out this piece by Mike Fisher and David Lord on the various paths the Mavs could take towards a Kevin Love trade, with financial insight of both pre and post July transactions:
— mike fisher (@fishsports) May 19, 2014
The asking price will be high for a player like Love. I can imagine you’d have to put together a package that would include a mixture of valuable players and several future draft picks.
I’m not sure the Mavs will have a chance to work out something with the T’wolves, but it’s a guarantee they will try and this is one fan who hopes they do so successfully.
Transitioning from Dirk to Love would be fun to watch. Perhaps we’ll get that chance or maybe we’ll have to watch him try and succeed in another uniform.
Timberwolves owner says no Kevin Love trade before draft http://t.co/g6CRdNPlI4
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) May 19, 2014
Either way, let the Kevin Love sweepstakes begin.
Mandatory photo credit to AP Photo/Eric Gay