One superstar that has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers constantly over the last few years is forward Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love will become a free agent in the summer of 2015 and will seriously consider signing with the Lakers, but Kurt Rambis staying in Los Angeles may hurt the team's chances of signing the rising star, according to Frank Isola of New York Daily News on May 16.
It has been rumored that the Lakers are at the top of Love's wish list heading into free agency, but the perennial All-Star could also consider the New York Knicks. Love wants to play in a big market with Los Angeles being the ideal landing spot and Rambis could pose a problem in making that happen next year:
Rambis also butted heads with Kevin Love, who has become one of the NBA’s top power forwards. It has been speculated that Love would have reservations about possibly signing with the Lakers as a free agent if Rambis remains on the coaching staff.
Currently, Rambis is being mentioned as a potential candidate for the vacant head coaching job with the New York Knicks. Rambis was an assistant for former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and could end up heading to New York to reunite with Jackson in some capacity.
Rambis could also be considered to be a candidate for the Lakers head coaching vacancy. If Love having "reservations" about coming to Los Angeles because of Rambis, it would be safe to assume the team would not pursue hiring him as the next head coach or retaining him on the coaching staff moving forward.
Next summer will be crucial to the Lakers' rebuilding efforts with Love, Rajon Rondo and LaMarcus Aldridge all potentially available on the free agent market. Love is the most likely of the three stars to sign with the Lakers. Many believe it is a foregone conclusion that the All-Star forward will be wearing purple and gold in the near future.
Not only will Love be the number one target for the Lakers in the 2015 free agent market, but the Lakers could pursue trading their high pick in the upcoming 2014 NBA draft in order to acquire him. The Lakers' draft position will likely determine if acquiring Love in a trade is a realistic scenario.