NBA Executive on Kevin Love: 'Everyone Knows He Wants to Go to the Lakers'

Joe Flynn@@ChinaJoeFlynnContributor IJanuary 9, 2014

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are losing, and Kevin Love isn't happy.

The star power forward lit into two of his teammates last night following yet another heartbreaking Wolves loss for what he perceived to be an embarrassing lack of team spirit. The loss dropped Minnesota back below .500, at 17-18. They are 2.5 games behind the Dallas Mavericks for that all-important eighth seed in the Western Conference.

It should come as no surprise, then, that reporters are already speculating on Love's 2015 free-agency decision.

CBS Sports' Ken Berger polled some general managers, and his findings may disappoint Wolves fans. 

“They should trade him,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “No one thinks he's staying. Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers.”

Berger does go on to say that not all executives agree with that assessment.

Does this mean Love is destined for L.A.? He does have connections with the area, having played one season at UCLA. Though he was born and raised in Oregon, he might not have the warmest impression of his former home after the way they treated him in college.

The Lakers have been clearing cap space in hopes of luring a superstar to pair with legend Kobe Bryant. Until now, most of the discussion has focus on Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who will be a free agent after this season. Anthony has the Lakers on his short list of potential landing spots, according to the New York Post's Marc Berman.

Could the Lakers add Melo in 2014 and Love in 2015? It might take some financial sacrifice from one or both players, or some serious salary cap gymnastics, but it can't be dismissed completely. And if Melo doesn't sign with L.A., it will certainly have the cap space to sign Love in 2015.

No matter what happens, the Wolves have at least another year to plan their strategy.