Timberwolves Want to Keep Kevin Love
The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t want to trade Kevin Love. They don’t want to see him walk away in free agency after the 2014-15 NBA season, either. Per reports, team owner Glen Taylor has made it known that he does not wish to let Love go.
“My preference is that Kevin will come to camp — and I’m sure he will — and play with the team,” said Taylor.
The quotes aren’t earth-shattering. Minnesota wants Love to report to camp like any star player would. However, being vocal about wanting to keep him in town long-term doesn’t necessarily mean they’re being unrealistic about doing so. In fact, it could just be a ploy to let other teams know they need to step up their game if they want to land the star power forward.
After all, there does exist that slight possibility that the Timberwolves make enough moves elsewhere to convince Love to stick around. Minnesota has the ability to offer Love the most money in a max deal – $26 million more than anyone else.
David Kahn, Minnesota’s former GM, opted not to extend Kevin Love a couple of years ago, and is a big reason why the T’Wolves are now in the predicament they are currently in. Love now feels unwanted to a degree, while he’s also cited Minnesota’s inability to win and wanting to play in a bigger market as reasons for a possible departure.
For the most part, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Love will leave at some point. Whether it happens before the season starts, in a trade during the season or as a free agent after the season is over remains to be seen.
At this point, the trade offers just haven’t been good enough yet. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have been the two most seriously tied teams when it comes to Kevin Love trade rumors, but neither has been able to offer up a pitch Minnesota loves just yet.
Cleveland may have had a shot at pulling off a trade to give them a “Big 3” with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but a reluctance to include the #1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft (Andrew Wiggins) has pushed that deal to the side.
The Warriors have also been hot in talks involving Love, but their unwillingness to include Klay Thompson in a deal or eat David Lee’s massive contract have stalled talks on their end, as well.
For now, Love is stuck in Minnesota. And apparently, the team’s owner wouldn’t have it any other way.
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