The LA Lakers have nearly completed a successful season of tanking, with the prospect of a high NBA draft pick in sights after another defeat last night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
And, while there are several impressive prospects lining up to be taken by teams in June, one report is suggesting the Lakers franchise will seek to trade their pick in order to increase their chances of capturing long-time target Kevin Love in 2015 free agency.
"The Lakers will attempt to use their forthcoming high lottery pick in June to assemble the sort of trade package that finally convinces the Wolves to part with Love and end the uncertainty that hangs over this franchise even before the 25-year-old enters the final year of his contract."
Any package would have to be mighty impressive to tempt the Timberwolves to deal away their star player, especially a year early as Stein is suggesting.
The minnesota team have long maintained their belief that they can keep Love with the team going into the future, and at present the player himself hasn't requested to leave.
The Lakers are clearly looking for a quick fix as they look to bounce back next year after a torrid current campaign which sees them currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference.
But with the this years draft class at its strongest for a number of years, with names such as Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins heading for the NBA, it may be wiser for the franchise to pick up a young talent this summer before planning their 2015 free agency agenda at a later date.