Denver Nuggets GM Tim Connelly promised that the team would be “aggressive” this summer, looking to improve the team’s roster and if a recent report from the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett is true…then Connelly’s promise may ring true. According to the report the Nuggets and Golden State Warriors have presented offers for All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Minnesota Timberwolves, that are “more intriguing” than the offers the Boston Celtics have made to Minnesota for Love. The Celtics have been a team that have been known to be targeting the three time All-Star for weeks now, after Love was spotted touring the city of Boston late last month hanging out with Boston star athletes such as Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and New England Patriots corner Darrelle Revis. However, it seems recently that the Celtics pursuit of Love is cooling as other teams are placing forth better and more intriguing offers than Boston.
It’s interesting to see that the Nuggets have now entered the chase for Love, as Denver has a team in place to help Love reach the playoffs for the first time in his six year career. The Nuggets also have plenty of valuable assets and a roster full of young players, that could interest the Timberwolves to help speed up an eventual rebuild once Love is gone. A package featuring the number eleven pick in this years draft, rising star Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Evan Fournier and anybody not named Ty Lawson, could be enough for Denver to get a deal done. The Warriors seem to be the team in the lead for Love though, as Minnesota would like to pry away guard Klay Thompson from them but, the Warriors seem to have some hesitation in parting ways with Thompson.
Love is coming off a career season with Minnesota where ha averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, while shooting 38% from beyond the arc and receiving All-NBA second team honors as well. He also recorded his first career triple double and became the first player in NBA history to record 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 three pointers in a single season. Love would give the Nuggets the superstar they’ve so desperately been seeking for the past couple seasons and create one of the best scoring duo’s in the league, alongside Ty Lawson. I think Brian Shaw and Love would share a mutual respect for one another, while Shaw could help Love improve on the defensive end of the floor and even his scoring ability on the block.
The Olympic Gold medalist would be the answer to Denver’s consistent halfcourt offensive struggles and add another shooter, to help space the floor. If the Nuggets parted ways with Faried in a deal for Love, Love would have no problem replacing the “Manimal’s” rebounding rate and energy as the T’Wolves star is arguably the best rebounder and one of the hardest working players in the league today. I think Mozgov and Love would also give the Nuggets one of the most skilled frontcourts in the NBA, and be very beneficial for Mozzy’s development going forward. I’ve heard many rumors in my time as a Denver Nuggets fan and I’ve learned to not believe anything, until it’s official. So why I’d (no pun intended) love to see the Nuggets acquire K-Love and it’s great that they’re making a push from him, until Tim Connelly proves to me he could pull off more than getting Randy Foye and J.J. Hickson in an off-season, I’ll keep my expectations tempered.