November 27, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) high-fives teammates during player introductions before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. The Timberwolves defeated the Kings 97-89. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings would need third team to trade for Kevin Love?

We know the Sacramento Kings are interested in Kevin Love, but are the Minnesota Timberwolves interested in trading him and if so, for what?

One could presume that Minnesota will shop Love, especially if his handlers refuse to back off their stance of Love walking in free agency. But their options are likely to be limited despite what will be league wide interest in the All-Star power forward.

Love understandably wants to play for a contender and is unlikely to sign an extension for a team who he feels doesn’t fit that mold. Unlike the Kings, most teams aren’t going to take the risk of losing Love for nothing so that only leaves a handful of franchises who the Wolves would signify as serious trade partners.

Even fewer of those teams have enough young talent to pry Love away, which may include the Kings as Jones Jones of the Sacramento Bee believes a third or possibly even fourth team may need to involve themselves if the Kings are to snag Love in a deal.

“If the Kings could make a deal without giving up a key player (Cousins), taking a gamble makes sense,” says Jones. “Maybe Love falls in love with Sacramento. The Kings, however, would likely need a third or fourth team in the trade to make Love to Sacramento a reality.”

Sacramento has two fantastic starting pieces in a trade for Love, which include Ben McLemore and the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft but the pieces begin to dwindle after that. It’s possible Sacramento could attempt to sell Minnesota on clearing some cap space in exchange for Love, but again you have to wonder when the price becomes too high.

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