Kevin Love is one of the best players in the NBA and multiple reports say he's informed the Timberwolves that he plans on opting out of the final year of his contract in 2015.
Ever since that news broke, the trade rumors have been flying. The latest rumors suggest the Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings want to talk about trading for Love.
Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports broke the news on the Kings.
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.
NBA.com's David Aldridge broke the news on the Wizards.
Wiz are a stealth candidate for Kevin Love — his father, Stan, who played for the then-Bullets in the early ’70s, gave his son the middle name “Wesley,” as in Wes Unseld. And Kevin Love has a soft spot as a result for the franchise. But the trade talk will surely die when the words “Bradley Beal” come out of Flip Saunders’ mouth.
The Wizards and Kings aren't on the short list of places Love reportedly would consider signing a long-term deal. Pro Basketball Talk says the Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, Rockets and Warriors are teams that Love would be interested in signing a maximum contract with.
Stay tuned for more as the world around Love continues to turn.