Updated 02:10 AM EDT, Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Rumors on Possible Lakers, Knicks Trades Surface as First Round Draft Picks Approach

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The offseason hype of the NBA is underway amidst rumors being thrown around the social media airwaves. L.A. Laker fans are patiently awaiting an update on Kobe Bryant's injury, while Knicks and Heat fans are on the edge of their seats, waiting to see where LeBron and Carmelo end up.

Kobe Bryant recently was interviewed in Brazil where he is attending the World Cup, and he gave the green light that he is "100 percent" and ready to bust out, guns blazing, at the start of the 2014-15 season.

It remains to be seen as to whether Kobe actually is "100 percent" now, or if he'll be "100 percent" by the start of the season. Before the Lakers can worry about Bryant, they will have to find a coach to run the team.

Former Laker Byron Scott is rumored to be the most likely candidate. Scott has coaching experience, but has shown no real measure of success.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been shopped to a variety of teams. Love has told the Timberwolves that when his contract expires next year he has no desire to remain with the team.

The Timberwolves are in rebuild mode before Love walks, centering around their young star Ricky Rubio.

Early in the playoffs, experts surmised that the Los Angeles Lakers would be a great fit for Love. The bright lights of the NBA's greatest franchise are an appealing factor when it comes to landing free agents.

Love also has a history with L.A. stemming from his years playing at UCLA, where he was a fan favorite. The only problem with a Lakers-Love deal is that the Lakers currently don't have enough value to send back to Minnesota.

The Timberwolves have stated that a first round draft pick must be involved in order to even start talking. The Lakers don't have much experience drafting high due to a record of success during previous seasons. 

A more logistical fit for Love seems to be coming from the Golden St. Warriors. Reports have already surfaced that the Warriors might consider trading 'splash brother' Klay Thompson for Love, along with David Lee and Kevin Martin switching sides.

The Timberwolves would be glad to have a backcourt with the assist power given by Rubio and the shooting prowess of Thompson.

As the NBA drafts looms closer, draft picks will have to be further assessed before they are traded away. A first round pick is a high commodity, as it is always possible to be trading away the next legendary player for the short-term benefit of acquiring a weathered all-star.          

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