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Nuggets called Timberwolves about Kevin Love last summer

Dec 29, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

Kevin Love

It seemed last season that the Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t have a ton of love for Kevin Love. This season his play demanded it.

But before the Wolves caught on, there were teams that recognized what the Wolves had and they coveted it.

Nuggets coach George Karl said Wednesday that Denver called Minnesota about Kevin Love’s availability last summer. Obviously, no deal was done, but there were discussions. Karl would not talk about other players’ names who came up in the talks.

The Nuggets certainly could have used Love along their depleted front line at the start of this season. And 29 other teams could have used Love’s outlet passes.

There are hundreds of these kinds of conversations that go on around the NBA in the summer. This one is a nice reminder why Denver is a quality franchise — management that recognizes undervalued talent and goes after it.

  1. jimsjam33 - Dec 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    Let’s get the record straight . Kevin Love was no stranger coming out of U.C.L.A. after only one season in the NCAA . He left his mark on the Pac. 10 and the NCAA tournament . All the scouts knew he was a bruising physical 6’10” power forward or center and that he was still just a kid . He was superior to ANY big man in the country coming out of college. He could play , think , and chew bubble gum at the same time . Quite an accomplishment these days for college students that play basketball .
    As for the Wolves they knew all about him . Kurt Rambis , a premier rebounder , knew this kid’s potential after observing him and getting all the info from his L.A. contacts.
    There are two big men out there that are the real thing . They are just starting to bloom and when they do Watch Out ! Blake Griffin and Kevin Love are the future of big men in the NBA .

  2. goforthanddie - Dec 29, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    I highly doubt Denver was the only team asking. And it doesn’t take a genius to see Love has game.

  3. dmo84 - Dec 29, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    So who was Denver going to trade for Love? If they were looking at Derrick Favors for Melo, then wouldn’t Love and some pieces for Melo make sense. Otherwise there is nobody on Denver I would want for Love(and that’s before the season started).

  4. lebronsinsecurity - Dec 29, 2010 at 10:35 PM

    Too bad the refs don’t see Love in that light.. Watching the Nuggets game right now.. Bridman’s getting calls Love would only dream of..

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