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Timberwolves GM says they are going slow, not had any Kevin Love trade talks yet

May 30, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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Minnesota is going to take its time.

With the NBA draft a month away, the Timberwolves are not rushing to find their new coach for next season.

More importantly, while Kevin Love’s people have pushed for the team to trade him before July 1 according to reports, the team has not fielded any offers for him and are in no rush to do so.

That according to Minnesota general manager Milt Newton, who spoke to the Associated Press on Thursday.

The team is letting the search for a replacement for the retired Rick Adelman play out and has yet to see any potential trade talks involving Love, who can opt out after next season, or any of its other players heat up, general manager Milt Newton said on Thursday.

“We’ll do what’s best for the organization,” Newton said. “He’s a hell of a player, a hell of a talent. Our first inclination is to keep him on board. If that’s not the case, you best believe we’ll be a better team based on what happens….

“We’re not rushed for time to select a coach, the process will take care of itself,” Newton said, before smiling to deliver a quick jab. “I guarantee we will have one before the season starts next year.”

Love has the ability to opt out of his contract in the summer of 2015 and his people have reportedly told the Timberwolves he will do just that, which puts pressure on the franchise to trade him and get something back in return. Love has some control over where he lands in that he can refuse to either opt into the last year of his current contract or sign a new deal with a team he does not wish to play for. That has not stopped teams, for example Sacramento has said it wants in on the talks whether he agrees to stay or not.

In the ongoing coaching search, reports have surfaced that Vinny Del Negro has become a serious candidate. Former Raptors coach Sam Mitchell had been considered the frontrunner.

Maybe there’s no rush there, but most teams prefer to have a coach on board before the draft (set for June 26).

With Love, they really have no reason to rush. If they are going to trade him — and they may not be set on that course of action yet, starting with owner GlenTaylor — the trade deadline is next February. The Timberwolves can listen to offers at the draft, they can listen to offers this summer once free agency starts (July 1), and if they don’t like what they see they can bring Love back and wait until the season gets going and see what offers come in as the deadline approaches. They have the luxury of time.

Newton’s comment that the team will be better no matter what they choose is a dream, they are not going to get equal value for Love, one of the best power forwards in the game. But they can get a package to help them rebuild quickly (see Denver in the Carmelo Anthony deal with the Knicks). They don’t have to take the first offer they see, they can let teams bid against each other until Minnesota gets something it can live with.

It sounds like that’s where they are at. No rush on their part. They are going to go at a relaxed summer pace.

  1. timb12 - May 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Why those two names? There are a handful of better coaches out there.

  2. lbeezyse - May 30, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    The Wolves are playing this right. Lets teams bid against each other & use free agency to your advantage if a deal is not struck on draft night. Ideally a pick or two in this draft would help, but teams will become more desperate when they miss out on free agents….I’m looking at you Chicago/GSW.

  3. therealhtj - May 30, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    It’s getting pretty old bringing up the Carmelo deal every time a marquee talent gets ready to leave his podunk market. Yes, they absolutely need to get something for him in Minnesota because they’ll never draw free agents, but getting a budding star, solid rotation pieces, and a boatload of draft picks is simply not in the cards. Certainly not from any team Love would sign a long term deal with. Under this CBA, the potential of draft picks is arguably worth more than anything short of a solid all-star. That Melo deal wouldn’t have happened today. Although Dolan . . .

    Even the Warriors or Bulls would still be taking a big risk as the new CBA makes it financially ludicrous for a free agent to sign an extension as opposed to becoming an unrestricted free agent. A lot can happen in a year and teams won’t want to take that risk any more. Chicago didn’t even want to risk losing Deng for nothing – you think they’ll roll those same kinda dice with Love?

    So in a nutshell, the Wolves need to take what they can get, and definitely not drag this out into the season. They need to move on from Love and I’d say start their rebuild, but was anything actually ever built there previously?

  4. jimsjam33 - May 30, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    This franchise needs a blockbuster change to the organization . Who was the best player ever to play in Mini ? Kevin Garnett , of course . Hire him as coach and watch the fans come to life again . Otherwise this is a boring team with a boring future .

  5. saint1997 - May 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    I always find it fascinating how teams attempt to regain bargaining position and a state of control over negotiations. No doubt they want to be in a position to improve the lowball offers of teams, but they need to trade before the season starts and offers start dropping down and down in value…

  6. campcouch - May 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    hopefully they don’t accommodate him and get the best deal out of a trade.

  7. nicofthenorthstar - May 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Milt newton? Never even heard of the guy. Guess I’m not much of a hoops fan these days.
    Regardless, wish they’d hurry up and trade the turd.

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