The Sacramento Kings are not a team that many would think as buyers ahead of the NBA trade deadline this year. However, it appears that they have interest in acquiring a veteran star. That veteran star would be Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love.
According to a report from Sam Amico of FortyEightMinutes.com, the Kings are one of the two teams interested in trading for Love. Of course, the other team is the Dallas Mavericks.
“The Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings are two teams expressing interest in Kevin Love, league sources told FortyEightMinutes — though it would be a ‘minor miracle’ if the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to work out a trade centered on their veteran power forward, one source said.”
Love would be an interesting addition for the Kings. They are nowhere near contention right now, but they apparently think that Love could help take them there. It’s a bold strategy, to say the least.
Granted, there is a good chance that the Cavaliers do not have a steep asking price for Love. They are simply hoping to be able to move his contract. So, if the Kings can make it work for a low price, it would be worth a shot.
This season, Love has only been able to play in two games due to injury issues. Last year, he played in and started 56 games, averaging 17.6 points per game to go along with 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists. In addition to those averages, Love shot 45 percent from the floor and 37.4 percent from the three-point line.
At 32 years old, there is no question that Love is no longer the star that he once was. His days of averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds are over. But, he could be a quality veteran presence for the Kings and could help improve their front-court.
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening with Love at the deadline. The Kings would like to get him, but they may not be willing to give up anything of value. And no one should blame them for that.
Expect to hear more rumors and reports about Kevin Love in the coming days. The Kings are also going to be an interesting team to monitor.