Mark Kiszla is a longtime columnist at the Denver Post, and he’s the co-host of a morning radio show, too (one I’ve been on a handful of times). But pretty soon, he’s going to be best known as the guy who tosses out the most ridiculously lopsided NBA trade ideas. Remember last June, when the Heat were in the Finals against the Thunder, and LeBron was dominating? Kiszla proposed this trade for LeBron:
So, the Nuggets should pick up the telephone during the next month and make a trade proposal: Lawson, Gallinari and Afflalo for James. Karl tells me that’s the core of his squad. But Denver would have a stronger chance to win a championship with a starting lineup of James, Andre Miller, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee.
I’m going to guess a call wasn’t made by Denver fishing for the NBA’s best player. Was Magic traded in his prime? Jordan? Let’s move on.
Last week, the Nuggets were jettisoned from the playoffs by Stephen Curry and the Warriors in a mild upset, and I use the word mild because Denver’s leading scorer, Danilo Gallinari, missed the series due to injury. This week, Kiszla, a bit disgruntled, is proposing a new deal – this time for Kevin Love, who is wasting the early years of his career in Minnesota.
Send Nuggets starters Danilo Gallinari and Kosta Koufos to Minnesota for Love.
Might the Wolves squawk about Gallinari’s injured knee? Of course. But Love is coming off a broken hand and knee surgery of his own. Might Minnesota prefer Wilson Chandler or Evan Fournier over Koufos? Massage the deal.
The Nuggets need a “star.” The Timberwolves need … well, a lot. Actually, trading Love would enable the Wolves to put a starting five on the floor completely devoid of players who suited up in college: Rubio, Shved, Ak-47, Gallo, Pekovic.
Minnesota giving up a Top 20 player in the league for Gallo and a role player or two deserves a Bill Simmons, “Who says no?”
Denver Nuggets should trade for Timberwolves’ Kevin Love [Denver Post]