Lakers Could Reportedly Attempt to Trade Lottery Pick for Kevin Love

Update (11:30 p.m. ET, Friday): Love has issued a comment on the report, offering about as much as you'd expect. Via the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan:


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The Los Angeles Lakers may have gotten burned once by trading for a soon-to-be superstar free agent, but that's not going to stop them from trying again, according to's Marc Stein.

In a Friday report, Stein suggested the team will be looking to flip its 2014 lottery pick this summer in pursuit of Minnesota's Kevin Love.

The suggestion is already in circulation that the Lakers will attempt to use their forthcoming high lottery pick in June to assemble the sort of trade package that finally convinces the Wolves to part with Love and end the uncertainty that hangs over this franchise even before the 25-year-old enters the final year of his contract. Yet there is just as much defiance emanating from Minnesota, as we speak, about the Wolves' ability to keep Love in town. 

Clearly, the Lakers are confident that Love will grow more fond of Hollywood than Dwight Howard did last season. Love's contract expires after the 2014-15 campaign. 

Over six years with the T-Wolves, Love's teams have yet to make the playoffs. In what was supposed to be a year that Minny finally turned the corner, it's currently buried in a cutthroat Western Conference at 35-35. Year 6 for Love in Minneapolis, Year 6 of disheartening disappointment. 

Love's growing distaste for his current situation has never been more apparent than it was after a double-digit loss to the Grizzlies this week. 

"I'm allowed an off game every now and then," he said after he shot just 6-of-18 with seven rebounds in the 17-point hammering. He was still Minnesota's high-scorer for the game with 16. "It's draining to say the least," he concluded. 

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