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Report: Cavaliers make trade offer for Kevin Love, Timberwolves take seconds to say no

Jun 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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Why do you think Flip Saunders was brought in to be the new general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves? Yes, David Kahn’s act was old, but Saunders is there with one goal — repair the team’s relationship with Kevin Love so he doesn’t opt out and bolt in the summer of 2015. By all accounts that effort is going well so far.

So, you think Saunders is going to trade Love?

No. But the Cavaliers asked because they have that No. 1 pick and all. Sure, it’s a down draft where there will be no player as good as Love to come out of it, but they tried anyway, reports Andy Katz of ESPN, writing at TrueHoop.

According to a source, Cleveland offered the No. 1 pick, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters to try and land Minnesota’s Kevin Love. But new Timberwolves president Flip Saunders won’t move Love.

I imagine before Saunders said no, he asked for a second so he could go in the other room and laugh.

Honestly, not a bad package, but Minnesota is not giving up Love. No chance. He’s not being traded this summer or in the next year. Minnesota with Love, a healthy Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger, a returning Nikola Pekovic, are a playoff team in the West.

And if they start to win, and Saunders treats him well, Love may well want stick around when his option comes up. That’s Saunders goal, not a nice trade package.

  1. madnova - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Are they signing Webster away from the Wizards or something?

  2. nech0401 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Even if Martell was still on the team know one should name him in the top 4.

  3. jcavfss - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Haha! The Martell Webster slip-up made my morning. Must have meant Derrick Williams or someone else as Webster is on the Wizards… Anyways, I couldn’t handle watching Webster throw down another 4th quarter buzzer-beater dunk when the Wolves are losing by 3 points.

  4. pl4tinum514 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Thank God that Saunders is an idiot. That trade would have eliminated any chance at the Cavs winning a championship in the near future.

  5. bostonian13 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Way to proofread, huh? Hahaha.

    • stoudemelo - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      This is a blog site. These aren’t actual journalist.

  6. loungefly74 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    you cant blame the Cavs for trying…hmmm…i wonder if all this aggressive behavior has anything to do with lebron winning again? just a thought…

    • slowclyde86 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Though, not really a good thought…Maybe, just maybe, “all this aggressive behavior” is because, I dunno, they just want to improve their team and win. Grant has always been aggressive in pursuing options to improve this team, often outside of conventional wisdom.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        really? dan gilbert has expressed his feelings about Lebron leaving. remember the memo he wrote, “we will have a ring before he does”. i bet him winning another does fuel Gilbert’s desire to do something. tell me, what key FA have they picked up since Lebron left? Seems like they have done jack the past couple years trying to, i dunno, supposedly improve their team? they should have started being aggressive last year…which they were not. heck, every team wants to improve and win…that statement means nothing…especially when you do nothing. im sure former coach scott wishes they were being aggressive from the start of his short tenure…

      • slowclyde86 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        Keep talking…It’s pretty clear you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

  7. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    They actually took seconds to say no? lol there must have been a lag in the phone connection.

    • tv63 - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      There was a lag because they couldn’t believe HOW STUPID the Cavs are! How many times to T-Wolves have to say NO to them already?

  8. stoutfiles - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    “Minnesota with Love, a healthy Ricky Rubio, a returning Nikola Pekovic and Martell Webster, are a playoff team in the West.”

    Thta’s all they’ll ever be, a team that sneaks into the playoffs and gets killed 1st round. The NBA is a league of haves and have-nots, and the Timberwolves will always be a have-not unless they get a LeBron in the draft.

    At what point will fans of these teams (Timberwolves, Bucks, Bobcats, etc.) stop going to games? You exist solely for major market teams with multiple star players to roll all over you. The NBA is laughably unbalanced and fans need to stand up and stop putting up with this crap.

    • ryanrockzzz - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Or they could build like the Spurs an take the Heat to Game 7 of the finals. I don’t buy into all of this have/have not crap. There are lots of ways to get good players in this league. Some teams get lucky and in a player run league, can get two or three good players together. Other teams have to draft good talent (OKC/Spurs/Indiana) and fill in the pieces.

      • stoutfiles - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM

        “unless they get a LeBron in the draft.”

        Tim Duncan doesn’t self promote but he’s one of the greatest PF ever. Had they not gotten Duncan and not kept him, you can take away ALL those Spurs championships. Like I said, you have to score a star player and then pray he doesn’t leave.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      thank you, someone in here has a brain. the goal is to win a championship, not put a bunch of players together who rack up stats and don’t play defense. the only reason the big 3 in miami and boston worked is because those players play great defense. kevin love plays zero defense. pair him with kyrie irving and you have two superstars who play no defense. carmelo/amare anyone?

      • louderthanwords1 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        That’s not even a close comparison of Love/Irving and Melo/Amare. The biggest issue with Melo and Amare together is neither player plays well without the ball. And as for Bostons big 3 playing great defense are you seriously trying to say Ray Allen was ever a great defender? At his best Allen was an average defender.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      All this can be solved if we got rid of the STUPID LOTTERY…worst team gets first pick…you’ll be staring parity right in the face if this ever happens.

  9. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I’ve wanted to believe in the Timberwolves the last several years… but alas, I’ve learned my lesson. Kevin Love will be gone as soon as his player option comes up, or maybe even try to force a trade the year before. Rubio seems like the real deal but maybe at some point he’ll decide America sucks (based on his unfortunate experience in Minnesota) and sign in Europe.

  10. sportsnut101 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    They might as well trade him He’s unhappy. He already missed a yr and as good as he’s been they still haven’t reached playoffs. West is tough. Rubio cant shoot I would leave him open to shoot all day long

    If I was wolves I would also ask for 1st pick tristian waiters n 19th pick U tellin me wolves not better with Rubio. Waiters tristian n Ottis potter n resign pelovic n and the 19 th pick which u will be able to find a steal there Please be serious people wolves will never win anything there like a poor mans version of the kings when they had webber n white chocolate

    • saintlaron - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Exactly. Kevin Love is not a star. Hurt every year. Dion Waiters will be the best player in this deal eventually if it had a chance. Min fans would be mad though. Maybe if the cavs threw in Zeller so that Min would still have 13 white guys on their roster.

  11. jamieaadams - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    It’s getting harder and harder to take the Cleveland Cavaliers seriously. These trade offers are ludicrous.

  12. bigbenh8tr - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Are you thinking to 2 seasons ago, or did we miss a Webster to Minnesota trade?

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