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Report: Lakers, Mavericks trying to acquire Kevin Love before trade deadline

Kevin Love made his third All-Star team this season. (Garrett Ellwood/National Basketball/Getty Images) Kevin Love made his third All-Star team this season. (Garrett Ellwood/National Basketball/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are each trying to put together a package that would entice the Minnesota Timberwolves into trading Kevin Love, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

Lakers and Mavericks officials both hope that an offer of expiring contracts and premium draft picks could persuade the team to move Love before the team loses him to free agency. However, according to the report, it is unlikely that Timberwolves' president Flip Saunders would be willing to part with Love.

Love will be a free agent in 2015, and it is widely known around the league that he and his agent, New York-based Jeff Schwartz, are determined to get him to a major market. The Lakers, Love's first choice, "have the best shot" of landing the Southern California native, one person familiar with the player's thinking said.

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The Timberwolves have struggled throughout Love's five years with the team and are currently six games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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