NBA: Two No. 1 overall picks for Love? Coach K likes it
Hall of fame coach Mike Krzyzewski says a Kevin Love-to-Cleveland trade would have his approval — and that it doesn’t take much thought.
There were reports last week that the Cavaliers could be willing to trade the previous two top picks in the NBA draft — Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett — to the Timberwolves in exchange for Love, but the trigger has yet to be pulled.
Krzyzewski, who coaches Duke and the U.S. men’s national team, told CBS Sports radio Monday that if he were with Cleveland, he would trade for Love in an instant.
But if Cleveland signs Wiggins to a contract within a week, as reported Sunday by ESPN, a possible trade would be delayed for 30 days. The NBA’s collective bargaining contract states that franchises must wait 30 days before trading drafted rookies after they sign a contract.
Krzyzewski, who coached Love on two U.S. national teams, said the three-time all-star entering his prime at age 25 is a proven commodity.
“There’s absolutely not one second of hesitancy. I’d trade for Kevin Love,” Krzyzewski said on the John Feinstein Show. “That’s not saying anything bad about any of the other (players reportedly involved in a trade). Love’s an all-star.
“He’s a double-double guy, but he’s a double-double guy that can spread the floor,” Krzyzewski said. “There aren’t many double-double guys, if any, who can spread the court. He can go inside and outside. There may be a low-post player that can get you a double-double, but Love does it and you can do a lot of different things with him.”
Love, who led the NBA last season with 65 games with double figures in two statistical categories, has been discreet about his future in Minnesota once he gets the chance to opt out of the final year of his contract next summer.
Love’s apparent dissatisfaction in Minnesota has fueled trade speculation with a number of teams, including possible frontrunners Cleveland and Golden State.
Conflicting reports say Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson may or may not be on the trading block in a package deal for Love.
Last week, Wolves owner Glen Taylor said on NBA TV his preference would be for Love to join the Wolves for training camp and see if they can win under new coach Flip Saunders.
Saunders, who also serves as president of basketball operations, was asked about possible trades before or during the NBA Draft in June, but he called that an “artificial deadline.” The same mind-set could apply in July.
While Coach K gives the trade an OK, Saunders and Taylor appear ready to wait it out — for now.