The Cleveland Cavaliers better be careful before they think getting Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves is a done deal. The Chicago Bulls are now rumored to be interested in the power forward’s services.
The Bulls added Pau Gasol to bolster their core in the frontcourt which now includes Gasol, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. The addition of Love would potentially give the Bulls the best group of forwards in the league. Unfortunately, it comes at a price.
The Bulls have the difficult task of finding the right pieces to trade away for Kevin Love. Cleveland can offer the Timberwolves rookie Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins was the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and is considered to have great upside potential. Wiggins’ future is very bright which makes him very attractive to the Timberwolves.
Although the Bulls do not have a player like Wiggins from the previous draft for the Timberwolves, they still have a lot to offer. First, the Bulls would have to part ways with Taj Gibson. Gibson averaged 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game playing behind Carlos Boozer and Noah last season. He won’t replace the firepower the Timberwolves got from Love on the inside, but he will still be effective.
The Bulls also have shooting guard Jimmy Butler. Next season will be Butler’s fourth in the league. Butler is productive on offense, scoring just over 13 points per game. His real value lies in his defensive ability. At six-feet-seven-inches, Butler has great length for a shooting guard and is often asked to guard the best players on opposing teams.
Because Wiggins cannot be traded for up to 30 days after he signs his rookie contract, the Chicago Bulls have a decent amount of time before Cleveland can officially make the trade.
The Bulls already look like the biggest competition for LeBron and Cleveland next season. However, if Chicago is able to get Love in a trade, they will become the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.