Almost since the early beginnings of this disappointing season for the New York Knicks, the Knicks made it abundantly clear that they would make a serious run and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love when he hits free agency during the summer of 2015.
Over the weekend, the Wolves let it be known that they would field offers for the All-Star forward as Love badly wants out of Minnesota.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the Knicks won’t be in the running to land him.
Sure they will try but it will be a losing effort.
First there is the obvious and that is the Knicks don’t have anything of value in terms of young talent or draft picks to offer Minnesota.
Then there is the fact that Love is sick of losing and wants to contend immediately. The Knicks, as currently constructed, wouldn’t fit the bill writes ESPN’s Ian Begley.
The Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls are two teams that Love is reportedly interested in and teams like the Phoenix Suns Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are also rumored to have serious interest.
As for the Knicks, they likely won’t be serious suitors in the Love sweepstakes.
Of course, any team willing to trade for Love would need assurances that the 25-year-old would be willing to re-sign with them in the summer of 2015. The Knicks probably don’t have the trade chips to acquire Love via a trade. The next first-round draft pick they can trade is their 2018 pick.
Then there is the Carmelo Anthony situation.
As I have noted in the past, if the Knicks were serious about trying to ink Love to a deal, it would likely be because Anthony left this summer as a free agent.
Both players thrive at power forward and have shot a high percentage from the left side of the floor. Adding Love to a team with Melo on it would likely create confusion and wouldn’t leave much room for the duo to succeed together.
What is clear is that Love could be in a new uniform as early as this season.
It just won’t be in blue and orange.