Timberwolves star could be targeted in 2015.
The New York Knicks are reportedly devising a plan to sign Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love in free agency in 2015.
According to Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, the franchise will make their move when the 25-year-old enters free agency and will look to pair him with Carmelo Anthony.
Having overcome an injury-plagued season last year, Love has been in impressive form since the start of the new campaign and the Timberwolves are showing signs that they could emerge as a contender.
However, with former general manager David Kahn opting against offering the Olympic gold-medal winner a five-year max extension before his departure, Love will now have the chance to opt out and test free agency.
Meanwhile, the Knicks will have the next two years to get their salary cap space in order, with the likes of Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani currently restricting them.
While it is thought that LeBron James comes too early (2014) and Kevin Durant comes too late (2016), the Knicks’ best chance of putting together a title-winning combination comes with Love’s availability.
Nevertheless, the Knicks are likely to face stiff competition in signing their target with the likes of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers also understood to be monitoring the power forward.
In contrast, there is also the possibility that Love could re-sign on a longer deal worth more depending on how Minnesota develop over the next two years, with the likes of Ricky Rubio ensuring that they could be a threat in the Western Conference.
To add further intrigue to the situation, Anthony is set to test free agency next summer and it remains to be seen whether he will continue his career in the Big Apple.