The Chicago Bulls are stepping up their push to bring Kevin Love to the Windy City.
According to ESPN, the Bulls are seriously interested in trading for Love now that Carmelo Anthony is off the market. The Bulls were rumored to be interested in Love in past months, but put their pursuit to the side while courting Anthony.
The Bulls are reportedly interested in offering a package of players including Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler in exchange for Love.
Though Gibson and Butler are solid players, it’s clear that the Cavs have more to offer the Timberwolves than Chicago does. Cleveland is reportedly open to dealing 2014 no. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 no. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, and a future first round pick to Minnesota in exchange for Love.
More than anything else, this push from Chicago may be a poker-faced attempt to force Cleveland into trading more than they were planning to in order to acquire Love. It also works well for Minnesota, who can use the interest from Chicago to drive up the asking price for their prized power forward.
Bottom line: Minnesota is going to get a king’s ransom – probably from Cleveland -- in exchange for Love, which is only right given that he’s one of the league's elite players.