We already know the Sacramento Kings are looking into acquiring a veteran player with the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but there were no names attached to the rumor.
That is, until now.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Kings are open to trading the pick along with a combination of other assets to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love. Even more risky? Sacramento is willing to do so without an admission from Love that he would re-sign with the team once his contract expires.
“The Kings are willing to give up their eighth overall pick in this year’s NBA draft and a combination of players for Love, even though he would not be expected to sign a contract extension before next season – if ever, with the rebuilding, small-market franchise, the source said.”
It’s not known what the Kings would have to part with in exchange for Love outside of the eighth overall selection, though he wouldn’t come cheaply and would likely require one of the Kings young players at minimum on top of the first round selection.
Love’s handlers have reportedly requested that the Timberwolves move the All-Star power forward, though they’re looking for a larger market than Sacramento.
The six-year veteran has a player option at the end of the upcoming 2014-15 season that will allow him to become a free agent. If not exercised, Love is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015-16 season.