Kevin Love might be one of the best players in the NBA right now. No one really knows for sure how good Kevin Love is because, to steal a page from Bill Walton’s book, he’s never played in a meaningful NBA game. Love is the only player with numbers that brings out dark horse MVP chatter who hasn’t made the playoffs once in his first six years in the league. He’s also the only player of his ostensible quality — a top five power forward in the league right now, slotted somewhere with Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Serge Ibaka, and Chris Bosh – that’s available to the general NBA, and at 25, his next team is going to be slotted in for at least five years of high level play.
Since the thing about Kevin Love is that he’s certainly not going to play for the Timberwolves after this season, and Minnesota is going to be in the unenviable position of having to trade their power forward named Kevin to an Eastern Conference team. The only questions, then, are for what and to which team. Since every team can use a floor spacing four with a knack for rebounding and a great outlet pass, fit is not exactly a problem from a GM’s perspective.
From a player’s prospective, though, is that bailing on a franchise only makes sense if you can sign a max contract or contend for a championship. The Wolves shot themselves in the foot when they offered Love a four year max with a one year opt out, rather than the five year deal (the Durant/Rose deal) that they were reportedly saving for Ricky Rubio. That didn’t work. Anyway, here are the four places Kevin Love could end up, ranked in order of likelihood.