Feb 19, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) against the Indiana Pacers at Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Pacers 104-91. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Sacramento Kings in lead to trade for Kevin Love?

On Tuesday afternoon, news leaked suggesting that the Minnesota Timberwolves were preparing themselves to eventually trade All-Star Kevin Love, but that they preferred not to trade him to the Sacramento Kings.

Little reason was given as to why, though, it makes sense that the Wolves would prefer to send Love to an Eastern Conference team as they’d like to avoid playing him three to four times a season.

However, Sam Amico of Fox Sports (not to be confused with Sam Amick, former Kings beat writer and current USA Today scribe) now suggests that it’s the Kings in the lead to acquire Love, suggesting that Sacramento is open to trading anybody but DeMarcus Cousins.

“Buzz around is leaders in Kevin Love sweepstakes when/if occur. Don’t care about extension. Will trade anything but Cousins.”

Amico has a bit of a checkered history, so the report needs to be taken with a grain of salt though I’ve personally stated I believe Sacramento’s willingness to trade for Love without a commitment on an extension has to be appealing to the Wolves.

Otherwise, they’re all but forced to find a team Love is comfortable signing an extension with, extremely limiting their options.

Earlier today Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports stated that the Wolves are unlikely to trade Love prior to hiring a coach, though, hinted Love’s desire to get out of Minnesota is legit.

Update: Darren Wolfson says there has been no dialogue between the two teams.

Update #2: Jason Jones says Kings have made calls and confirms anybody but Cousins.

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