The hottest rumor flying around NBA circles right now is the possibility of the Warriors acquiring Kevin Love.
No, this is not 2014.
The rumor mill started buzzing coming off a recent article by Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle in which he speculated that Love could be bought out of his final two years and nearly $60 million by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he and the Warriors might have mutual interest.
Apparently the gossip reached NBC Olympics basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla as well.
"By the way, from what I am hearing, if the Cavaliers part with Kevin Love, I don't think the Bay Area would be a bad place for a guy like that, who's seemingly wanting to prove that he's got a little left in the tank," Fraschilla said on the latest episode of the Dubs Talk podcast.
If Love were to split with the Cavs and decide that he is willing to sign on a veteran minimum, then the fit with the Warriors definitely makes sense. Golden State is desperate for more veteran leadership and playoff experience, and Love comes with a plethora of exactly that. They also could use a floor-spacing big man who can create for others, while also helping on the defensive glass. It just so happens Love checks all those boxes.
That is not to say that Love is anywhere near the perennial All-Star he once was, and his defensive deficiencies are greater than ever. But in the right situation where he is not asked to take on too much of a load, he can most likely be a very nice addition to a winning team.
Love has many connections to the Warriors including a childhood friendship with Klay Thompson and a current friendship with Draymond Green. His strengths could be fully utilized in the Warriors' free-flowing offense, and his game could benefit greatly from playing next to Steph Curry and Co.
If he were to be bought out of his contract, there surely will be plenty of suitors, including the Los Angeles teams and the Brooklyn Nets, all of whom could offer him a very favorable situation.
But with the return of Thompson and the growing optimism about the Warriors' chances of returning to contender status, the Bay Area will absolutely be a destination Love could consider.