- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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DALLAS – Yes, it’s true. The Mavericks would love to trade for Kevin Love.
Who wouldn’t want a perennial All-Star who is just entering his prime?
Just a few problems here. The first is that there is “no way” the Minnesota Timberwolves are dealing Love before Thursday’s trade deadline, as a source told CBSSports.com, which makes the splashy headline about the Mavs and Los Angeles Lakers attempting to put together packages for Love pretty much pointless.
Another problem: Even if the Timberwolves were considering trading Love, what the heck could the Mavs offer to keep Minnesota GM Flip Saunders from hanging up and/or cracking up?
The Mavs can’t offer future first-round picks, the most valuable currency in today’s trade market, because they owe Oklahoma City a top-20 protected first-rounder. Dallas doesn’t have any young talent or proven stars that could serve as trade centerpieces for a Love-level talent. The Mavs simply don’t have the assets to pull off a blockbuster deal.
So the thought of Love coming to Dallas is comedic fodder.
“The Beach Boys are in a couple of months,” Mark Cuban said.
Yes, Mike Love, Kevin’s uncle and a founding member of the Beach Boys, is scheduled to play in Dallas on March 24. Kevin Love will be here before then. The Timberwolves come to town on March 19.