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Report: Minnesota talking Kevin Love trade scenarios, waiting for new coach to pull trigger

Jun 4, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

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As noted here before, officially the Timberwolves are saying the don’t know if they are going to trade Kevin Love, but behind closed doors they are checking out their options, getting a feel for what would be available if they make a move.

Just don’t expect that move to happen soon.

Minnesota has a few reasons to be patient and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports one of the big ones.

There is no coach on the market that is going to sway Love’s mind (certainly not Vinny Del Negro). Minnesota will have to make a move, but it has no reason to rush the process right now.

Everything that happens up until a week before the draft is posturing. Kevin Love visiting Boston, rumors of what Golden State will or will not offer, the Sacramento Kings wanting in whether Love will stick around or not, it’s all just posturing. A feeling out process. This is the dancing around in the first couple minutes of a boxing match before both sides get serious and start to throw punches with a real intent.

The week before the draft the talks will get serious.

Before that, the Timberwolves will take one more shot at getting Love to change his mind. Good luck with that.

  1. Andee - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    The fact that VDN’s name is even out there should be enough for Love to tune out what the T-Wolves have to say about a future or vision.

    • thomaskouns - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Vinny may not be the ‘cooler’ coach but he won 56 games in 2012-2013 vs Rivers with 57 in 2013-2014 with a much upgraded bench.

      So please explain with detailed ‘facts’ why Vinny is a ‘poor’ coach…

      Thanks

      • smoothaswilkes - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        da bulls

      • chiadam - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Really? Think beyond his record. His offensive sets are non-existent, especially coming out of timeouts specifically taken to draw up effective plays. He has no clue how to space the floor, even when gifted with athletic and creative point guards like Paul and Rose. His defensive sets are somehow worse than his offensive sets. He refused to play Derrick Rose (MVP as soon as VDN left) in the fourth quarter. Two teams have gotten rid of him.
        Everyone in the world knows he’s a terrible coach. If you don’t, stop watching basketball right now. Just give up on yourself as a basketball fan.

      • Andee - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Is that you, Vinny????

        How many playoff games did he win, in those two seasons specifically?

        Thanks for playing. Maybe there’s a D-League for coaches?

  2. dondada10 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    This year’s draft is the time to pull the trigger, coach or no coach.

    I’m looking at you, Cleveland. United Uncle Drew with his partner in crime.

    Cleveland gets K. Love

    Minnesota gets 1st pick in this years draft, Cleveland’s first rounder next year and Waiters.

    I doubt Love stays in Cleveland, but at this point the Cavs have to be desperate to finally move forward.

    • bhinrichs9 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      I would love to trade with Cleveland this year but Cleveland would need Love to stay to try to get Lebron. I would Like Clevelands 1st and Waiters or Bennett or even both instead of a 1st next year.

      Another trade scenario I like would be Ibaka, Jackson, and their 1st for Love. The Twolves offense can run through Rubio with Jackson to help, Ibaka can still spead out the interior given he is a great shooter, and our most efficient scorer is Pekovic and he can be our scorer (if healthy). That would lose OKC some of their depth but they would have the best big 3 to be formed in the last decade.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      What are you smoking?

      They’d be EXTREMELY LUCKY to get the 1st pick for Love, even in a sign and trade.

      • bhinrichs9 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        Cavs can’t afford to miss this pick. Lebron will want Love, a proven top 10 player.

    • nflcrimerankingscom - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      For a one year rental? You must got some of that good ganja…

  3. sawick48 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    hes as good as wearing green (if ainge wants to pull the trigger)

    • jollyjoker2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      have at him..I don’t how to fix the Twolves…its not a big basketball market..hockey, football, evenball..basketball doesn’t play.. The owner should take is estimated 400 million it’s worth and run..

  4. bucrightoff - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    I see Kevin Love heading East, regardless of who it is. Whatever team he walks onto in the East will pretty much instantly become a top 4 team because of how weak the East is. With the right team he can go from 10th best team in the West to 2nd best team in the East. Unless he goes to SA, OKC or LAC, he can’t even crack the top 3 in the West. East is terrible, that why Miami has essentially had 4 straight byes to the Finals.

    • kinggw - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      The East isn’t terrible. The East suffered a bunch of injuries that prevented the upper echelon teams from being complete. Derrick Rose, Robin Lopez, and Al Horford are all all star players who were sidelined and their teams suffered greatly. That doesn’t take into consideration the up and coming teams in Toronto and Washington. The gap between the East and West will disappear next season.

      I find it funny that people are so critical of Miami’s path to the Finals this season when the Spurs only beat the 5th, 6th, and 7th seeds to advance to the Finals last year. The hypocrisy is amazing.

      • bucrightoff - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        No…the East is terrible. Miami is the only team who would win a series against any of the top 9 (and I’m including Phoenix) in the West. In February, the East had 4 teams under .500 in the playoffs. The 10 games under .500 Knicks were in it until the last week of the season. You can make a very strong argument 9 of the top 10 players in the league play out West. The East is much easier to win than the West, that isn’t up for debate IMO.

      • spursareold - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        The East IS terrible. You act like this is the first time there have been sub .500 teams from the East making the playoffs. Phoenix missed in the West, but would have been the THREE SEED in the East, with tie breakers.

        People have been saying that the gap would close for YEARS and it still isn’t happening.

      • kinggw - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Only one team from the East had a sub .500 record in the playoffs. What does their record in February have to do with anything? It’s an irrelevant fact you use because you don’t have much that supports your claim.

        The West like the East is a top heavy conference. After the top two teams there is a major drop-off. Only the Spurs, Thunder, and perhaps the Clippers are legitimate contenders. Houston on down aren’t real contenders. Phoenix wouldn’t have beat anyone in the East other than the Hawks and Bobcats. A Bulls team with Derrick Rose is a championship caliber team and a Nets team with Robin Lopez is just as good as anyone in the West’s second tier. The West is good, but they are overrated. The huge gap between the East and the West is due mostly to injury.They have teams that have gaudy records, but weren’t real contenders despite their records.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        No, the East isn’t terrible. It’s horrendous. They don’t call it the E-League for nothing.

    • Miami305 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      Miami has made it to the Finals 4 years in a row and won 2 because they are the best team in the NBA, not because the East is weak.

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Golden state has the most to legitimately offer. Klay, David Lee, and Harrison Barnes for Love? That is dumping a lot of mid level talent for an elite stretch 4. And don’t panic Golden State fans, Klay is replaceable!
    I’d do that deal in a heartbeat!

    • cruzan80 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      That’s giving up waaaaaaaaaay too much for a guy who has never been able to lead his team into the post season & won’t help where the team lacks (defense).

      • jollyjoker2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        Cruzan…I am surprised that you are not getting more thumbs down.. This guy isn’t anything for much on defense. I don’t see the “love” affair with him. He just happens to be a good shooter on a poor team with a great knack for being in position for rebounds. If you think he is going to get you a title or even half of the elite players…your fooln yourself.

    • joeksnuffy - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Golden state starting 5 is solid (best +/- in NBA). Inserting Love in place of Lee is a minor upgrade (Love averaged 26-12, Lee 18-10, and slightly better D from Love). But, the Ws would have to lose Klay, who may be replaced by Kevin Martin in the deal. This is a slight downgrade (?). Overall a wash for the Warriors I think. But, throw Barnes into the deal and you’ve weakened an already weak bench. Barnes has big potential upside, as we’ve seen flashes of. Even though I’m a huge KLove fan, not sure I like this deal for the Warriors. GSW need bench help. If they had SAS bench or LAC bench, they would be contenders.

  6. phillysports1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    PG- MCW
    SG- Richardson
    SF- Parker/Wiggins
    PF- Love
    C- Noel

  7. thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Anyone that suggests Cleveland acquire Love before pursuing Lebron, it’s not possible (not enough cap room).

    • hbdbrowns33 - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Actually, yes it is. The Cavs right now have just over $32 million invested in next season and if they decide to not pick up Varejao’s option they will have around $31 million dollars in cap space to play with. With signing bonuses and contract wording they can get 2 max players. Even if they keep Varejao they still have around $21 million which they could use to extend Love and sign some mid level free agents.

      • hbdbrowns33 - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM

        And none of that takes into account players they would trade to get Love so they would have even more cap space.

    • spursareold - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      There is if they send back Jack plus Varejao’s fully unguaranteed deal. They can cut him or keep him.

  8. packhawk04 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Love for hardaway jr and cash. Just do it. Hes the knicks problem.

  9. metalhead65 - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    yeah after all the abuse Love takes for the wolves not being a winner good luck with trying to get him to stay. it’s all his fault they never got anybody else that was close to all star material to play beside him it’s all his fault they suck. can’t wait to see the experts blame him when he and his production is gone and they are in the lottery next season while leads his new team to the playoffs. pretty sure you will not hear his new team gripe about the numbers he puts up even if they are lower than what puts up now. he will not have to do everything on his new team.

    • jollyjoker2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      the coach said it all last year.. he couldn’t get them to win games. Love is a stats guy and very, very good anticipating rebounds. finishing games, defense and harder shots etc…Not even close to being there. If everyone thinks Love is the answer to their team, they are going to wake up fairly quickly.

  10. mcjon22 - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Let’s not overthink this: He should be a Bull when next season tips off, unless Gar Forman completely screws this up (which is absolutely possible)

    Chicago has multiple 1st round picks in this years and next years draft. Chicago has Carlos Boozers expiring contract, Taj Gibson, who is under contract for 3 more years at a very reasonable rate, Jimmy Butler, who is still under his rookie deal, Tony Snell, who coming off his rookie year has shown he has potential, and the rights to Mirotic, who just lead his European team to the finals.

    Chicago can eat one of Minnesota’s bad contracts if it needs too thanks to Boozer. Chicago can offer multiple first round draft picks in the next 2 drafts, and can give Minnesota young starting talent that will be under contract for a few seasons.

    Unless Gar completely screws this up (again) or Love refuses to play for Chicago, this should be his most likely landing spot.

  11. jollyjoker2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    I remember the Twolves as an expansion team..We had Tony Campbell – guy could score 25 a game -top dog- but team won a total of 8 games or something. Guy didn’t even make it on another squad a year later as a backup….. love fondly reminds me of him.

    • mightbegoingtohellforthis - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:37 AM

      I don’t remember Campbell ever grabbing 12 boards a game or being able to shoot the 3.

  12. j0esixpack - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    None of us know where Love will wind up – but Love is the one who has the most to say about where he plays – refuse to sign an extension and the Twolves aren’t getting much for him

    So I’m not sure I see him signing with Cleveland for what may be the rest of his career without the guarantee this offseason that LeBron will ditch Miami for Cleveland after this season – and that’s not happening

    It seems clear Boston, with Ainge’s track record of Worst to First, is at least a contender – and Boston does have a few young vets to throw in, as well as nearly double digit 1st round draft picks – including the Nets picks which could be very valuable

    I’d put my money on Love wearing the Green (and making it) along side of Rondo and a team rounded out by current and future quality role players. The extra cash from endoresements in Boston will make Cleveland an afterthought

  13. jazz11001 - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Love is going to the Spurs for Green, Leonard, swap 1st’s this year and next years 1. Spurs get Barrea, Mbah a Moute. Karl is named coach and you have my permission to print this. My sources are impeccable.

  14. lbeezyse - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    True about GSW, but Love will command more double/triple teams than Lee thus freeing up space for Curry. No way the Wolves make a deal without both Klay & Barnes.

    Wish I remember what hack writer said Bos would get Love w/o giving up their top pick/s.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Love doesn’t work in the post much which is where Lee excells so how is love going to get doubled and triple team in GS?

    • muathjam21 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      No way will the Dubs give up the farm to get a marginal upgrade at PF.

  15. campcouch - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Still think OKC should trade Westbrook for him. A frontline of Love,Ibaka and Durant,while Westbrook could pair up with Rubio and become the alpha dog he really wants to be. This is KD’s 7th year and if LeBron gets another ring,even the soft spoken Durant will start grumbling. He’ll become Melo 2.0. Yeah,it’s blasphemy Thunder fans but with the West being stacked with frontcourt players and the bad teams improving,you might need a shake up.

  16. lbeezyse - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    The same way he get doubled and tripled in MN.

  17. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Isn’t this time of year so awesome. You can say or write anything, and it COULD be true!
    I heard Minnesota was being bought by the Seattle group that wanted the Kings. Then, they are IMMEDIATELY being moved to Seattle. Also, Love will consequently resign with the new and improved Sonics, and Carmelo, Asik, and Bradley Beal are going to the emerald city, to bring a championship home to Key Arena. Ray Allen has already agreed to coach the team, as long as Steph Curry agrees to shoot long range jumpers ONE STEP inside the three point line for the rest of his career. I know what you’re thinking. Who will start at point? Rubio will be traded. To Cleveland for the 1 pick. Seattle will take Exum. He will be the new Penny, with his alter ego, little X, helping him make his shoe deal the second largest ever!
    Who wants to play in Minnesota anyway???? Go Supersonics!

  18. mightbegoingtohellforthis - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    # 7 pick straight up for Love.

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