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Report: Kevin Love’s ‘people’ told Timberwolves that if he isn’t traded, he’ll leave in free agency

May 17, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

Kevin Love

Kevin Love will essentially be in the final year of his contract with the Timberwolves next season, because he has a player option for the year after that which he’s widely expected to decline in order to become an unrestricted free agent.

That’s if he makes it through next season in Minnesota.

There have been persistent rumblings that Love will pursue a larger market situation that may offer a better chance of winning when the time comes, but the word out of the Timberwolves is that they’re going to do everything they can to convince their franchise player to re-up with a max contract to stay in town.

The latest report has Love’s “people” reminding the Timberwolves that Love may in fact bolt after next season is finished.

From Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News:

Kevin Love’s people reiterated to the Timberwolves this past week that they had better trade him or else he’ll leave via free agency when his contract is up after next season. With Love looking to exit, there’s your No. 1 reason the T-wolves have not been able to find a head coach to take over for Rick Adelman. Love wants to play for the Lakers but he’s also open to coming to the Knicks.

There aren’t many reasons keeping Love in Minnesota, especially if the team fails to retool its roster and make the playoffs next year. As for the coaching search, it’s still far too early in the process to believe that Love’s potential future status would actually be deterring candidates from being interested, and it’s unclear if the search to replace Adelman has even begun in earnest.

This particular report may or may not have any weight to it, but it is restating what we’ve known for quite some time.

Love may very well pursue other options after next season. If in fact he decides that leaving Minnesota is in his best interest well ahead of the trade deadline, then Minnesota would be wise to try to deal him. But superstar free agents aren’t exactly lining up to play there, which leads you to believe that the Timberwolves will work extremely hard until the last possible moment to try to convince Love to stay.

  1. tbutler704 - May 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Love is doing them a great favor telling the team he’s leaving no matter what they do. They should choose to believe him.

  2. smarshall3789 - May 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Call me crazy but I wish my Pistons would trade for him so him and Drummond can be a great frontline!

  3. rodyaugu - May 18, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Kevin Love sounds like a bigger diva than Beyonce. My people, go tell their people if they don’t trade me I’ll leave in free agency.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - May 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Have idiots like you call him a diva and never make the playoffs.

      Or be a “diva” and actually have a chance to get rings?

      I think Kevin will take the latter.

      • rodyaugu - May 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        He could’ve told the Wolves front office this himself.

    • jollyjoker2 - May 18, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      he is a diva. He can shoot and get easy rebounds as he has a very, very good knack for position. But defense, finishing games and all around hustle isn’t in his vocabulary.

  4. seattlesuperchronic - May 18, 2014 at 4:20 AM

    It makes me so happy when a grammar zealot misspells words in a post criticizing spelling.

  5. imakcds - May 18, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    lookoutjim, who knows nothing about Jesus, has chosen an appropriate moniker.
    His Blasphemy will have the world repeating his moniker.

  6. rodyaugu - May 18, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Don’t make jokes about things you don’t understand.

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