After months of denial and telling reporters that he was happy at Minnesota, Kevin Love took the step of actually telling the team that he would be testing free agency when his contract goes up in 2015. This has sparked an absolute arms race to try and get the player who is considered by many to be the third best player in the NBA behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
The Dark Horse
And whilst it has been reported that it will be the top teams in the league battling it out for the power forward, the Denver Nuggets have emerged as a dark horse to land the Timberwolves' All-Star.
According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Nuggets are prepared to make an interesting offer to Minnesota for the 25-year old.
The Nuggets offer
According to Bulpett, the Nuggets are prepared to offer up forward Kenneth Faried, swingman Wilson Chandler and –the icing on the cake– guard-forward Arron Afflalo, whom they would acquire from the Orlando Magic. Love is set to test the free agency market on July 1 when the period opens up, and according to SI.com, financially, this could all make some sense.
Chandler will make $6.7 million next season and then the Nuggets have a team option for $7.1 million the following year; Faried is below market value at just $2.3 million next season and then has a qualifying offer for $3.4 million in 2015. The Magic owe Afflalo $7.5 million next year and then he has a player option for $7.7 million in 2015.
Love's Ideal Location
From what we know, Denver really doesn't strike as a place that Love would want to go, especially if they are prepared to give up one of their best players in Faried. They almost certainly wouldn't be a contender so the move doesn't make much sense right now.
Love is from California originally, and if the Los Angeles Lakers could put together a good enough package towards the Timberwolves then they would be the favorites for his signature. Chicago and Boston all also have taken an interest in the big man and for good reason.