Why Kevin Love’s Impatience Will Change Los Angeles Lakers’ Plans

Patience isn't a virtue Kevin Love espouses six years into his NBA career, with the playoffs continuously out of reach and the Minnesota Timberwolves straitjacketed to the lottery.

And that's bad news for the Los Angeles Lakers.

At the very least, it's awkward news with lasting repercussions. Love isn't a member of the Lakers, yet the two parties have been joined together on so many occasions, he might as well be. One general manager even told ESPN's Chris Broussard (subscription required) that Love signing with Los Angeles in 2015 free agency was "a 100 percent certainty."

To some extent, Love wants the Lakers. And the Lakers want him. Neither party will openly admit it—tampering, much?—but it's true. Their union even seemed inevitable for a while, something that was fated to happen in due time.

Skyscraping dreams crumble hard, though.

Love has thrown a wrench into Los Angeles' strategy. Calmly waiting for 2015 to facilitate his escape from Minnesota may no longer be an option. The All-Star forward's status quo has changed.

So the Lakers' plans must too.


Love's Intolerance

One of the main problems with signing Love as a free agent lies within his inability to wait. He's done waiting. He wants to win now.

Deep into the NBA playoffs—which Love has been forced to watch from home once again—Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski revealed that the stretch forward didn't plan on remaining in Minnesota beyond next season. Though ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne said he stopped short of asking for a trade, how else are the Timberwolves supposed to interpret this?

What Love basically said was: "Look, I don't like you. I'm going to leave you. You don't have to trade me, though. Feel free to let me leave for absolutely nothing next summer."

Ideally, that's exactly what would happen for the L...

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