Just when it seemed as though all of the dust had settled, and we would know how next season would look, Chicago starts up their pursuit of Kevin Love again.
While they were originally considered to not be competitors to the Cleveland Cavaliers, they are now. The Bulls have reportedly offered Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott, and Nikola Mirotic in exchange for the All Star power forward and center Kevin Love.
Breaking it down
Ultimately, both teams in this deal would be the beneficiaries, as the Bulls and Wolves both seem to get an equal slice of the pie. However, the Timberwolves might actually be getting more. They are getting a gifted scorer in rookie Doug Mcdermott, a starting caliber center and power forward in Gibson, and a versatile rookie in Nikola Mirotic. This package of players would certainly be enough for the Timberwolves to not only rebuild, but also to possibly be competitive.
This trade makes sense for the Bulls also, because they are not extremely attached to the two rookies, even though Bulls fans have already seen glimpses of their talents. Another reason it makes sense is that even though they would be giving their Sixth Man of the Year candidate who gave the Bulls so much last year to the Wolves in Taj Gibson, they would essentially just be upgrading that position because Love plays the same position.
What this means for the East
If this trade gets done, even though it is just in the early stages, then it immediately sets Chicago alone at the top of the Eastern Conference, and here's why. They would have three of the top six passing bigs in the league, they would have three, maybe four all-stars, in the lineup, and they would also have a very deep bench.
If Cleveland ends up getting Kevin Love, then they move to the top of the East. Kevin Love has a big decision to make in the coming days.
Hold on a second
This is all very exciting, but the trade with the Cavaliers or Bulls would not be able to happen for at least 30 days, because both trade packages include rookies that have just signed their rookie contracts. Once rookies have signed their initial contracts, they can not be traded for 30 days by league rule.
Also, as trade talks continue, keep in mind that the Bulls may have to offer more because the Timberwolves would like to trade Kevin Martin and J.J. Barea as well, both of whom would fit nicely into the Chicago roster.