Bulls reportedly make offer to Timberwolves for Kevin Love

Bulls reportedly make offer to Timberwolves for Kevin Love
June 23, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

Though the Bulls have been listed among the teams considering trading for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, there haven't been many concrete reports about what they'd be willing to give up for the three-time All-Star.

Until now.

ESPN.com's Chad Ford released a two-round mock draft Monday night, and included in his analysis on the Timberwolves' first-round selection was a note that the Bulls "are offering Taj Gibson, Tony Snell, plus Nos. 16 and 19" in exchange for Love.

Of all the reported trade offers teams have proposed, this one could be the most enticing. The Warriors reportedly offered David Lee and Klay Thompson but have since wavered on letting go of the latter 24-year-old shooting guard. The Celtics hold both the Nos. 6 and 17 picks in Thursday's draft and have dangled young forwards Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk in a deal. The Cavaliers, Nuggets, Rockets and Suns also have been linked to Love.

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But the Bulls' offer includes the best of both worlds for a Timberwolves team that surely would be in a rebuilding phase if they deal love: two top-20 draft picks (in addition to their No. 13 pick), a young wing player in Tony Snell who showed some promise in the second half of the season as well as Gibson, who's coming off a career year in which he averaged 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 29 minutes per game. Assuming the Bulls use the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer this summer, Gibson is currently in line to start at power forward alongside Joakim Noah.

Last week a report surfaced that Derrick Rose preferred Love to Anthony.