The Wolves already said no to this nonsense. Gasol is better than Love... until you factor in age and growth curve. Love, going forward, is a more valuable commodity. Adding the #2 pick to that commodity is just completely nuts. If the Wolves do this, they should just close up shop as the dumbest team in history and I take back anything complimentary I've ever said of Kahn.
"Probably because defense can be taught to young players (Rose still is a average to below average defender but he has gotten better)."
Kevin Love 53 wins in his career. 53-161. DERRICK ROSE WON 9 MORE GAMES IN ONE SEASON! Don't put those two in the same sentence. One is a lazy bum who went numbers chasing to get some dumb team to throw money at him, and the other carried a team that outside of him were the Bobcats to 62 wins and the Eastern Conference Finals.
LMFAO at people thinking Kevin Love is better then Pau Gasol.
Absolutely had to chime in here.
First of all, this deal is by no means a rip off. Both teams are getting something out of this deal.
Second, Pau Gasol is better than Kevin Love, and its really not even close. Until the 2011 playoffs, most people considered him to be the MOST SKILLED BIG IN THE NBA.
And most of you are missing the biggest point. Minnesota is stocked up on young guys who arent quite good enough to win games. Keeping the definitive player of the criteria (Love) and adding another combo forward to the already crowded Beasely/Randolph mix (Williams) really isnt going to improve there team at all, unlesss Rubio is Nash, Stockton, and Magic all rolled into one. However, flipping them for a veteran who has won 2 NBA titles as the 2nd best player (being 2nd behind Kobe, arguably the generation's 2nd best players, and at critical points proving he meant almost if not as much to the Lakers as Kobe) Really doesnt hurt at all. They still have Beasely, Rubio, Wes Johnson, and Randolph. Thats 4 young players who can contribute. 3 starters. Dont say "This trade sucks" you are the same fools that will be hyping love when this trade doesnt happen, he averages 20-15, and the team is 12-70.
I agree 100% I think Gasol helps more then Love. I'm actually high on Minnesota if they do this move. Wes Johnson has potential to be a great defensive player, Beasley could be a #2, Rubio should be solid. I think they could get a power forward for cheap as well. Maybe even keep Gasol at the 4 and Darko at the 5.
It's simply a matter of the ability to win now and win later. A frontline for potentially the next 10 years of Bynum and Love could be incredible. Love fits better with Bynum and is complemented nicely by Odom's quickness. Love could space the floor as a 40% 3pt shooter whie allowing Bynum to be the primry interior big. Would also alow Kobe to find the mid-post to help save his legs and be the able to dominate a game as he woudn't have to use all of his energy trying to beat guys off the dribble from 3. I don't really think I have to mention the physicality that Love brings, not to mention he's what we in the sport like to call a "winner". I'm personally all for this deal. I'm guessing though realistically if both teams end up agreeing they will realisticaly end up making the deal of Love and #20 as apposed to the #2.
^^^BK, Gasol and Darko proved in Memphis they weren't a good match. Like i said before, I expect they keep #2 and take Enes as the physically skilled big to compliment Pau and Darko. Not to mention his game resembles Love's a little and ultimaley doesn't really cause them to feel the effects of the loss of Love. My guess, LAL would probably take Selby at #20 and add Julyan Stone in the 2nd round to balance out Selby height and lck of true pg abilities.
I've also posted before that LAL and Minny have also had talks about a double deal if the big one doesn't occur with LAL sending out their TPE from the Vujacic deal for Webster then a seperate deal of future considerations for the #20.