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Jason Jones, Sacramento Kings beat writer

Report: Minnesota discussing deals for Kevin Love; Kings in the mix

06/04/2014 2:36 PM

07/16/2014 8:52 PM

Yahoo! Sports is reporting the Minnesota Timberwolves are in talks with teams about dealing star forward Kevin Love.

Cue the Love to Sacramento talk again.

The Kings are interested in acquiring Love, an All-Star who would be an ideal complement to DeMarcus Cousins.

The Kings have spoken with Minnesota about a deal, but nothing is imminent. A deal would have to make sense for Sacramento, meaning Cousins is not part of the deal.

Love can become a free agent after the coming season, but that would not stop the Kings from acquiring him. The Kings traded for Rudy Gay knowing he could leave after this season.

That makes the Kings a contender to land Love. Other teams would like Love to agree to a contract extension before making a deal. Minnesota might want to deal Love and acquire something rather than watch him walk after the season for nothing.

The Kings realize coming off a 28-54 season in a small media market, luring a big-name free agent is unlikely.

That means dealing for a star and convincing him to stay might be the way to go.

And if Love wants to return to California (he played college basketball at UCLA), Sacramento could prove to be his best option, especially if Golden State refuses to trade Klay Thompson.

The Lakers would be an option, but they don’t have young talent to deal. The Clippers would appear to be set at power forward with Blake Griffin.

Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive is aggressive in his desire to see the Kings win ASAP and would take the chance of dealing for Love, as long as it doesn’t cost him Cousins.

Sacramento’s first-round pick (eighth overall) and the rest of the roster are bargaining pieces for the Kings.

The Kings might have to recruit other teams to help Minnesota acquire more draft picks, if that’s what Minnesota wants in a deal for Love.

Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last season.

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Jason Jones, who joined The Sacramento Bee in 2002, has covered the Kings since 2008. Jones, a UC Berkeley graduate, also has covered high school sports, the Oakland Raiders and the Sacramento Monarchs for The Bee. Contact him at jejones@sacbee.com. Twitter: @mr_jasonjones

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