Kevin Love is still under contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he may soon become a member of the Chicago Bulls. With the Cleveland Cavaliers threatening to land Love in a trade for Andrew Wiggins, Chicago has recently made a push to acquire the 25-year-old forward. With a healthy Derrick Rose and a rim protector in Joakim Noah, the Chicago Bulls would be a perfect fit for Love.
The initial question is: Who are the Bulls going to give up for Love?
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According to Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com, Chicago would package Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic in return for Love.
An obstacle in the Bulls' path, though, as Sheridan states, is that the deal "cannot be completed for another 29 days because McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts Tuesday. NBA rules prohibit rookies from being traded within the first 30 days of inking their rookie deals."
If the Bulls had a core of Rose, Noah and Love, they would immediately become favorites to win the Eastern Conference. If they're capable of also holding on to defensive ace Jimmy Butler? Wow.
There is, of course, the concern of Rose's health. The 2011 MVP is recovering from another knee injury he suffered early last season after returning from a torn ACL in 2012 that kept him out an entire season. If Rose can stay healthy, and that is a big "if," adding Love and his skill set would make for incredible basketball.
Love, a great passer for a big man, would team up with fellow passing big man Noah to create one of basketball's all-time greatest passing front lines.
Don't forget recently acquired Pau Gasol and his ability to make others better. As the table below explains, Chicago would have three of the most skilled passing big men in the league.
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Just imagine the high-low game the three could play with Rose lurking on the perimeter.
While playing in Cleveland with LeBron James is nothing to pooh-pooh at, the Cleveland market may not be desirable for a young man that just spent six years in Minnesota. Chicago is one of the largest markets in the country, and Love would receive plenty of publicity as a Bull.
With Love's shooting touch and scoring ability, the Bulls would finally have another scorer to go along with their stalwart defense. Head coach Tom Thibodeau's defensive scheme will help change the perception that Love is a poor defender. The fit just seems like it was made to be.