While the Minnesota Timberwolves trading Kevin Love this summer is far from a certainty, reports indicate that the Timberwolves have begun receiving trade offers for Love.
According to a report from ESPN Boston, the Chicago Bulls currently have a better trade offer on the table for Love than the Boston Celtics.
The Timberwolves privately maintain they already have fielded better offers from other teams, among them the Chicago Bulls, who can offer draft picks and some combination of Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson along with Carlos Boozer, whose bloated $16.8 million contract expires next summer and represents the kind of cap space rebuilding teams crave.
While the report did not indicate what the Bulls’ offer was, chances are the offer includes Boozer’s expiring contract along with Butler and one, if not, both of the team’s first round draft picks.
The interesting part about the negotiations between the Bulls and Timberwolves is if the Bulls can find a way to not include Gibson in their offer. In an ideal world, the Bulls would prefer to trade Boozer’s expiring contract over a potential starter in Gibson. The question becomes whether the Timberwolves prefer to have cap space to enable a rebuild or a player like Gibson to go along with the rebuild.
Love is one of the Bulls’ top priorities this summer. Love and free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony have been identified as the Bulls’ top two targets this summers.
With draft being at the end of June, if the Bulls are going to have a chance at acquiring Love, the team will need to complete a trade before then.