NBA Rumors: Kevin Love to Lakers or Knicks?

| by Alex Groberman

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are both heading in the same direction. While making bold proclamations less than 10 games into the season generally isn’t advisable, it’s probably safe to say that neither team will be winning the NBA championship this year. With that in mind, it’s understandable why both franchises have become the subject of various rumors over the past week.

With the Minnesota Timberwolves currently sitting pretty, folks are finally beginning to recognize longtime stud Kevin Love for the game-changing MVP candidate that he always has been. And because nobody can believe that a superstar would willingly remain with the Timberwolves any longer than he has to, despite the fact that Love freely signed an extension with the team not long ago, rumors are flying around all over the place that he may end up elsewhere.

Love has the option to opt out of his contract in 2015, and according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the New York Knicks are looking to free up some cap space to be able to bring him on board. How they will do this while retaining Carmelo Anthony and keeping him satisfied for the next two years remains unclear, but where there’s a will there’s a way.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are flying a bit under the radar when it comes to the Love sweepstakes.

Despite the fact that he was always rumored as a potential trade target for L.A., for some reason nobody seems to have confidence in Mitch Kupchak and Co. being able to sign him. The really bizarre part of that is folks seem to legitimately believe that the Lakers have a real shot at landing Anthony, or LeBron James or someone of that ilk, but don’t think they can sign a homegrown star who loves everything about the city he grew up in. Frankly, if Love does leave Minnesota, the likelihood of him signing with the Lakers is far greater than him signing with New York.

But of course this entire discussion could be moot seeing as he had no problems re-signing with the Timberwolves when they sucked, and since they’re now on an upward trajectory, it wouldn’t make much sense to jump ship now.