Like rap legend LL Cool J, the Warriors need love.

And not the kind that will mend the franchise after a bad breakup with its ousted head coach. But the kind that gobbles up rebounds and has range out to the 3-point line: Kevin Love.

Realistically, the Warriors are not good enough to be an elite team. The recent season proved they need an upgrade to be legit title contenders.

Love, apparently convinced he never will win in Minnesota, has made it clear to the Timberwolves he does not want a contract extension and plans to become a free agent at the end of next season. That all but forces the T'wolves to trade him to ensure they don't lose him for nothing in return.

The Warriors are among a handful of teams said to be vying for Love. The others are the Bulls, Rockets, Celtics and Suns.

Love's only power in a potential trade is deciding whether or not to sign a long-term extension with the team to which he is traded. Most potential suitors would back off a trade with Minnesota if Love makes clear he won't sign an extension. But his indication that he'd like to play for Golden State puts the Warriors on Minnesota's shortlist.

That green light from Love should prompt an aggressive full-court press from the Warriors to pull off a trade. It's a long shot, to be sure. It's going to take a minor miracle from general manager Bob Myers.