Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Team’s Pursuit of Kevin Love and New Head Coach

Even when they miss the postseason altogether, the Los Angeles Lakers never escape the forefront of NBA discussion.

After finishing 27-55, their worst win total since the 1959-60 season, the Lakers are in need of a major face-lift to repair their image. Their resurrection will start with a returning Kobe Bryant and the No. 7 draft pick, but it can't end there.

Like nearly every other NBA team, they have their eyes on Kevin Love, who will reportedly be the latest star to push his way off a squad before his pending free agency. The roster needs a massive overhaul, but the organization also needs a coach to replace the departed Mike D'Antoni.

Here's the latest speculation on what will be a busy offseason in Los Angeles.


Money, Draft Picks and Spare Parts Probably Can't Buy L.A. Love

After years of anticipation, the floodgates have finally opened for a Kevin Love trade.

According to the New York Daily News' Mitch Lawrence, the 25-year-old power forward has had enough of Minnesota, where he has played for six seasons with no playoff appearance to show for it:

Kevin Love’s people reiterated to the Timberwolves this past week that they had better trade him or else he’ll leave via free agency when his contract is up after next season. With Love looking to exit, there’s your No. 1 reason the T-wolves have not been able to find a head coach to take over for Rick Adelman. Love wants to play for the Lakers but he’s also open to coming to the Knicks.

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski also reported that Timberwolves president Flip Saunders is now open to exploring trades for his star player:

For the first time, [Saunders] sounds like looking at deals for [Love] is an option," one rival executive told Yahoo Sports.

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