It almost seems inevitable, doesn't it?
After Love's quote in GQ stating how he feels about Minnesota, Marsh observed, "Note the present tense."
Sure, Love's saying the right things as long as he's still playing for the Wolves, but a future in L.A. makes sense for so many reasons.
McMenamin outlined a few of those:
Love’s ties to L.A. are undeniable. He went to college at UCLA. His father, Stan, played for the Lakers -- and coincidentally was on the 1974-75 team, a.k.a. the worst team in Lakers history up until this season, so his son could help make up for that. And Love was born in Santa Monica, to boot.
Add to that the Lakers need to find someone to take on Kobe Bryant's mantle as franchise cornerstone, and their wide-open cap sheet in 2015.
Kobe is the only current Laker with guaranteed salary for the 2015-16 season, leaving more than enough room for a max deal for Love.
He and Kobe would make for a dynamic inside-outside duo, and could be part of a potential big three depending on who the Lakers draft with their upcoming lottery pick.
And speaking of draft picks, the Lakers might even be able to land Love before free agency.
Despite five teams having a worse record, the Lakers have a shot at the No. 1 pick thanks to the NBA's lottery system. According to Tankathon.com, if the season ended today, the Lakers would have a 6.3 percent chance to land the top pick and a 21.5 percent chance to sneak into the top three.
Would that, in addition to say Pau Gasol in a sign-and-trade, be enough to land Love via trade?
If the Timberwolves feel like re-signing Love is a longshot, they'd have to at least entertain the notion of a trade, especially if it includes a pick from the star-studded draft class of 2014.
Jabari Parker, Dante Exum, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid are all potential franchise players. A team could do much worse than rebooting with any of those four.
However things shake out for Love between now and the summer of 2015, it looks like the deck may be stacked in favor of the Lakers.
They're down for now, but landing Love could put them back in contention before the 2015-16 season.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.