Lakers Rumors: Kevin Love Should Look Before He Leaps to LA as 2015 Free Agent

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most renowned franchises in the NBA—and in all of sports, for that matter. So it makes sense that Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love is reportedly set on heading to LA in the summer of 2015.'s Chris Broussard (subscription required) reports on Thursday, Jan. 30 that "most executives" are of the belief that Love will rock the purple and gold as a member of the Lake Show when he's free to flee.

"That's a 100 percent certainty,'' said one GM to Broussard.

Strong testimony indeed, but should outsiders buy it? It's unclear as to whether or not this is even a good move for Love, and there are so many factors to weigh.

As much history and tradition the Lakers have established over the years, the organization's current situation and roster should give Love cause to pause. Before setting his sights on LA as his free-agency destination of choice, Love should look before he makes that type of career-altering leap.

He should look at what the Lakers have in place for the future, look at his own situation in Minnesota and at what other sure-to-be-eager suitors have to offer.

The nucleus the Timberwolves have in place is actually pretty promising. Between center Nikola Pekovic, flashy 23-year-old point guard Ricky Rubio, volume shooter Kevin Martin and versatile role player Corey Brewer, Minnesota might be a strong player away from being a true force.

Plus, all of those players are under contract through at least 2016, with Rubio having a qualifying offer clause, meaning the Timberwolves can match any amount another team offers for him. Love has the option of staying an extra year.

It's at least worth checking out, depending on how the season-and-a-half goes. But even if the Wolves match Rubio alone, it will give them $52,557,948 million in total salaries for that season.

With that money, the fro...

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