Report: Kings want Love, wouldn't require guarantee he'd re-sign

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Love can be a free agent after next season.
Kevin Love can be a free agent after next season. (USATSI)

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The Sacramento Kings want to enter the Kevin Love sweepstakes, and they've told the Minnesota Timberwolves that they would trade for the superstar power forward without a guarantee that he'd re-sign in Sacramento, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears.

The Kings are willing to give up their eighth overall pick in this year's NBA draft and a combination of players for Love, even though he would not be expected to sign a contract extension before next season – if ever, with the rebuilding, small-market franchise, the source said. Sacramento envisions Love and DeMarcus Cousins playing alongside each other in the front court. Swingman Rudy Gay has a player's option for next season.

The Kings know they'd have to gamble on convincing Love to re-sign, given that the franchise is rebuilding and Love is looking to play for a contender after never reaching the playoffs with the Timberwolves. Love's suitors also figure to include a number of bigger markets, including the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.

The Kings have likely have no real choice but to attempt to do a deal on these terms. Given how the franchise has fared for the better part of the last decade, why would Love guarantee Sacramento anything? Any team outside of one of his preferred destinations would have the same idea, to bring him in and prove to him that he can win there.

The problem here is that another team will almost assuredly offer Minnesota a better package than Sacramento can craft, unless DeMarcus Cousins is included. A deal centered around No. 8 pick and Ben McLemore probably isn't going to do it for the Wolves.

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