I’ve been away from official duty for a few days, but nothing says welcome back like the Kings willing to trade for Minnesota All-Star Kevin Love, according to Yahoo!, even without a guarantee he would stay beyond next season.
Sounds fun and daring. It also sounds unlikely to happen, but it’s fun to dream, right?
The Kings have the eighth overall pick in the NBA Draft as trade bait.
Outside of that, how they’d be able to pull off a deal is murky.
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DeMarcus Cousins is untouchable. Rudy Gay has a player option for next season. Isaiah Thomas is a restricted free agent.
The Kings have the forever-rumored Jason Thompson, who will be apart of almost every trade rumor this offseason as the Kings would not mind freeing themselves of his contract.
Minnesota already had Derrick Williams. I can’t see the Kings giving up on Ben McLemore or Ray McCallum or them being players Minnesota would covet.
If the Kings could make a deal without giving up a key player (Cousins), taking a gamble makes sense. Maybe Love falls in love with Sacramento.
The Kings, however, would likely need a third or fourth team in the trade to make Love to Sacramento a reality.
Reality is the Kings are from the contender Love reportedly would want to play for if dealt. Also, the Timberwolves probably can find more players that could help them now from other teams (see Golden State, which could dangle Klay Thompson and David Lee).
And could the Kings really afford to part with a high draft pick after some of their recent draft misses to rent Love for a season?
Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro is going to call just about every team looking for ways to improve the Kings. The idea of Love and Cousins is fun.
Fans are excited just to know the Kings are willing to try to go for a big name.
But a lot would have to happen for a one-year rental of Love to happen. Even then, it might not be worth it to watch Love walk in 2015.