If the Bulls are back in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, as ESPN reported on Tuesday, that would be news to a source close to the situation.
“I would like to know which side let that out,’’ the source said, inferring that it sounded more like Minnesota playing chicken with more serious bidders like Golden State and Cleveland.
The Bulls were one of the first to throw a serious package at the Timberwolves back in June, headlined by Taj Gibson, Tony Snell and multiple draft picks, but it wasn’t to be. The attention immediately turned to Carmelo Anthony once free agency began, and while the Bulls never contacted Minnesota to let them know they were no longer interested in Love, they haven’t done anything to sweeten the pot.
The signing of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic leaves the Bulls very little cap room for a trade, meaning if there was a move to be made the money would match up if the Bulls would send the likes of Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Snell or Mike Dunleavy.
Doug McDermott wouldn’t be an immediate option, after the team announced he signed his contract early Tuesday afternoon, which according to NBA rules, makes it so a rookie can’t be traded until at least 30 days after he puts his name on the dotted line.
According to a Bulls source earlier in the month, any move for Love would have to be contingent on the forward signing an extension past the 2014-15 season, and there were no indications given on what number he would be looking for.
Because of the Derrick Rose contract, the idea of two max contracts on one roster would really limit the depth the Bulls have been looking to build.
Besides the McDermott signing, the Bulls also announced that guard Aaron Brooks was officially added to the roster, giving them a proven back-up behind Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich.
“We’re excited to add a player as experienced and talented as Aaron to our group,’’ Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement.
McDermott’s signing came in the wake of the rookie being named to the All-Summer League first team, as well as the USA Select Team to compete against Team USA starting next week in Las Vegas,
“We’re very excited about the addition of Doug,’’ Forman said. “We love the versatility of his game and his ability to shoot. He’s a fit for our team and organization on many different levels.’’
Butler was also scheduled to join McDermott on the Select Team.