if it was that simple teams wouldn't be so apprehensive about signing Love unless he guaranteed extending with them, max or not. He'd fit in Houston though, my question is who do they have left to give up right now? =P
Also because Love would likely prefer his rights renounced and getting a max deal for what he's actually worth as his max would start at 17 far as I know.
That's what LeBron says he's planning to do with Cleveland.
And at the moment the Rockets have about 11 million left in cap space. So they'd have to unload Alonzo Gee and Terrance Jones. And I doubt Minni takes them for Kevin Love when they have turned down much better offers.
That's not how it works, dude. If Houston trades for Kevin Love or Rondo, they'll have their bird rights and can go over the cap to re-sign them. Rondo is a FA next summer and would be eligible for a 5yr max w/ 7.5% raises and if Love is on the team he'd have to opt out first and then be able to sign the same deal - using bird rights.
The problem is that there isn't necessarily any guarantees that the players are actually going to re-sign with that team, which is why some teams are reluctant to make those type of deals unless they get some kind of an insurance from the player that they'd be willing to re-sign there.
But the cap isn't a problem.