Would you accept any of Bill Simmons' trade packages for Kevin Love?
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Bill Simmons weighed in on the Timberwolves' situation with Kevin Love during his most recent mailbag, where Simmons answers questions that he typed for himself.
Keep in mind, it's a column but when Simmons talks on the NBA, it's worth listening to.
He asked himself if Love would get traded before the NBA Draft, and if the Wolves deal him, who would have the best chance to land the superstar power forward?
Yes, he's getting traded before the draft. That's when they will get the biggest haul for him.
Here's his list of suitors, in order from least like to most likely:
Simmons is a Celtics fan, but he concedes if the Cavs bring the best package to the table, Boston simply could not match it.
The Cleveland package:
1) The No. 1 overall pick
2) Anthony Bennett (last year's No. 1)
3) And an unprotected 2015 first rounder
If that is ever offered, in my opinion, the Wolves should say 'yes,' and hang up the phone, before Cleveland has a chance to reconsider.
I'll list the other packages Simmons suggests and let you, the reader, decide what the Wolves should do.
Two 2014 first rounders (No. 6 and No. 17)
Two 2015 first rounders (their own and an unprotected pick from the Clippers)
Keith Bogans ($5.1M to help match salary cap, likely waived)
Brandon Bass (contract expires 2015)
Two first rounders (No. 16 and No. 19)
Rights to Nikola Mirotic
First rounder (No. 7, from Lakers)
First rounder (undetermined, in return for Omer Asik)
Package multiple first rounders and trade for a high-first round pick (No. 5 or No. 7)
Klay Thompson *
Harrison Barnes (if Kevin Martin is included in deal)
*Golden State reportedly made Thompson untouchable.
No. 7 pick
Not much else
If you're President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders, would you take any of these packages?