Recently, the trade rumors around the NBA have really started to ramp up with the NBA draft rapidly approaching. There is no telling when we will see the NBA start up again and with the league cancelling the summer league, things aren’t looking very good right now. Despite the fact that the NBA could be headed for a lockout like the NFL, teams around the league are actively looking to wheel-and-deal before tip-off next season.
The one team that might be looking to make a trade more than any other in the league right now is the Minnesota Timberwolves. With just 17 wins last season, the Timberwolves were arguably the worst team in the NBA last season and are in desperate need of some new blood to contend for the playoffs in the Western Conference.
The one bargaining chip the Minnesota Timberwolves have made available on the trade market is their second overall pick in the NBA draft. This pick is huge considering the talent at the top of the draft like promising big man Derrick Williams out of Arizona. There is no shortage of teams that would be interested in this pick, but there is one team that might be looking to trade a superstar for a superstar in the Los Angeles Lakers.
There is no question one of the biggest problems the Lakers had in the playoffs recently was the play of Spanish import Pau Gasol. With Gasol struggling and still the softy that everyone thinks he is, the Lakers seem ready to move him and might have their eyes set on All-Star Kevin Love.
Along with bringing in Pau Gasol, the Minnesota Timberwolves also have someone very familiar to the Spanish native in the form of rookie phenom Ricky Rubio. With Rubio announcing that he will play in the NBA next season, the Timberwolves have started weighing their options and one of those options could be trading Love for Gasol.