In which I sort of lose my mind over a hypothetical Kevin Love trade


I apologize for this, but I’m short on sleep and over-caffeinated, so maybe this was inevitable. In short, I have discovered my favorite hypothetical trade involving getting Kevin Love to the Chicago Bulls.

It started with this proposal from Steve McPherson of Grantland, A Wolf Among Wolves, Hardwood Paroxysm and others.

TajLove trade 1

Then I got ahold of it, and … well …

TajLove trade 2

There are some obvious problems with this. This would leave the Bulls with one point guard, a pair of rookies as the only bigs behind Love and Joakim Noah, and a wing rotation consisting of Tony Snell, Toko Shengelia, Robbie Hummel and Ben Gordon. Plus three minimum-salaried veterans the Bulls would have to sign to fill out the roster. It also takes pretty much all the Bulls’ assets: Jimmy Butler, the rights to Nikola Mirotic and a draft pick likely would go to Minnesota, and the Carlos Boozer piece* would likely need another pick.

*For the record, the Gordon/Boozer part of the deal stems from a need to clear room under the tax line in order to sign free agents.

But the reason I like this trade a lot is that it gets the Bulls Love, and it leaves about 8 million in cap space open for this summer. Obviously, that’s not enough to sign Carmelo Anthony or Lance Stephenson, but it should be enough for a decent wing guy. Plus I would enjoy watching Tom Thibodeau find a way to win with Noah, Love and not a whole lot else.

But hey, this isn’t happening anyway. What do you guys think?

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3 Responses to In which I sort of lose my mind over a hypothetical Kevin Love trade

    MJ February 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    Or we could just amnesty Boozer and bring over Mirotic and keep all those guys…

    Marcus February 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm #

    Dude, you’re high. No way would the timberwolves take those offers.

    Matt February 12, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    What are the rights to Mirotic worth? If he has a lot of value to other teams, then this idea is pretty interesting. I wouldn’t think you’d need much more than he and Taj (who also has + value) to make this work, presuming that the Timberwolves are ready/willing to let Love go. The Boozer part of this shouldn’t cost us too much if we find the right team – Charlotte or Phoenix for expirings, and both of these teams could actually use Boozer, (maybe we’d have to add a pick or Dunleavy). We’d be getting at least 1.5 years of Love on his current contract (I think he has a player option after next season), and have options going forward.

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