Apr 4, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) takes a breather during the first half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
No player has held NBA headlines of late like Kevin Love. With trade winds swirling, here is an examination of the good and bad for each team seeking him out.
For: Bulls get long-lost second scorer next to Derrick Rose
History has shown that the NBA is a league built around star power. The more a team has, the better their chances of finding success in the playoffs. For the Chicago Bulls, they have been searching for years to find another top talent to team with Derrick Rose in hopes of removing the entire offensive burden from his shoulder, or his knees in this case. Having averaged 26 points per game in 2013-2014, that is exactly what Kevin Love would do. He is a presence in the paint who can score and rebound but is also a deadly three-point shooter that Rose could find when driving the lane. Part of the reason Chicago hasn’t gotten through in the playoffs is because they have to work so hard to manufacture offense. That burden would be lifted by putting Love and Rose together on the floor.
Against: Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic losses could cripple depth
At the same time, more than a few people are skeptical of a Kevin Love move by the Bulls, experts and fans alike. The primary fear is that the team may end up giving too much to Minnesota in return for Love’s services. The most recent rumors claim Chicago is offering Taj Gibson, European star Nikola Mirotic and rookie 1st round pick Doug McDermott in a potential deal. All three are considered extremely value pieces of the Bulls bench, which means adding Love could potentially cripple what many believe makes Chicago title contenders in 2014-2015, which is their depth. Head coach Tom Thibodeau took them to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011 with Derrick Rose and a very deep bench. This newest incarnation could be even better than that group due to their much better ability to shoot. One player who has never experienced winning basketball is not worth breaking that up.
Kevin Love is an All-Star viewed as a top five talent just starting to enter his prime. Still, the cost could prove detrimental to what the Chicago Bulls have built. It is a gamble that could go either way.