Thursday, June 12, 2014
Love: Phil makes Knicks 'very intriguing'
By Ohm Youngmisuk
Phil Jackson's presence at MSG has a certain Timberwolves superstar intrigued.
Kevin Love says the Knicks are a more attractive place now that Phil Jackson is in charge.
In an interview on ESPN’s "SportsNation," Love was asked about his thoughts on the Knicks.
"I think anytime you have Phil Jackson involved with any organization, you're going to definitely look at it," Love said. “And you know it's very intriguing. The Knicks are a place where I think anybody would like to go.”
Love intends to become an unrestricted free agent after next season, and ESPN reported earlier that he has no interest in a contract extension with Minnesota.
That makes Love, who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last season, one of the most sought-after commodities on the trade market this offseason. Minnesota doesn't want to trade Love but certainly would not want to lose him for nothing next summer.
The problem for the Knicks is that they simply lack the assets to land Love if the Wolves opt to trade their star between this summer and the trade deadline for next season. The Wolves would likely want a high draft pick to go in any package, and the Knicks’ next first-round pick is for 2018.
Another problem? Love wants to play for a contender.
"No matter what the outcome is, I just want to end up in a great place where I can win," Love said. "At the end of the day, I've played six years, haven't made the playoffs yet, that burns me and hurts my heart, so I really want to be playing."
But Love says Phil and his rings do make the Knicks more attractive these days.
“You mention LeBron James, he's the best player in the world another max contract guy, a guy that has won two and working on his third straight championship,” Love said. “So, yeah, anytime Phil Jackson is involved in different talks in an organization, you have to give it a second look.”