Chicago Bulls trade rumors have been buzzing over the past 24 hours with news that the Bulls may have re-entered the sweepstakes for Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
According to a report from the Chicago Sun Times, the Bulls have offered a package to the Timberwolves that Minnesota believes to be a serious offer and is heavily considering. Sources cited in the Sun Times’ article inform us that the Bulls are offering Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott, and other future assets for Kevin Love. Nikola Mirotic is believed to be a part of the Bulls’ offer but the Sun Times’ source could not confirm Mirotic’s inclusion.
With McDermott’s inclusion, a deal between the Timberwolves and Bulls can not be finalized until 29 days from now.
If the Golden State Warriors remain firm on their unwillingness to include Klay Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers avoid offering up Andrew Wiggins, then the Bulls may be in a prime position to land Love.
The Timberwolves are planning on competing in the Western Conference this season. The additions of Gibson, McDermott and Mirotic would certainly help the Timberwolves achieve their goal.
Meanwhile, Love would instantly make the Bulls the top team in the Eastern conference.
Love averaged 26.1 points per game last season with 12.5 rebounds per game and player efficiency rating of 26.97. Love would thrive with the Bulls as the pick-and-pop game with Derrick Rose would give the Bulls’ one of the greatest scoring punches in the NBA. Love also possess the ability to take defenders away from the basket with his improved shooting ability from outside.
The increased efforts from the Bulls to land Love come on the premise that the All-Star forward wants to remain in Chicago for the long-term.
If acquired, the Bulls would be able to sign Love to a max-extension next summer.