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Report: Kevin Love still wants to leave Timberwolves

Jun 5, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

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Flip Saunders hired Flip Saunders as the next coach of the Timberwolves. So, of course Kevin Love wants to stay in Minnesota now, Right?

Um, no.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Of course he does.

Love knew all along the Timberwolves would hire a new – likely fine, but unspectacular – coach this offseason. That it’s Saunders rather than Dave Joerger or Lionel Hollins or Sam Mitchell doesn’t matter much. Minnesota, right now, isn’t anymore appealing than the moment prior to Saunders’ decision.

The Timberwolves probably aren’t convincing Love to stay, but if they want to dare him to leave, they can.

That starts with having a strong season – making the playoffs at minimum and probably more. Then next summer, they must offer Love a max contract – worth more than any other team can pay him.

Maybe, just maybe, Love won’t be able to pull the trigger on taking less money to leave a winning team.

But that scenario – if Minnesota is even trying to create it – would be a long way off.

First, obviously, the Timberwolves must make themselves into a winning team. Can Saunders deliver that? We’ll have to wait and see, and Minnesota can make Love do the same.

But if the Timberwolves are using Saunders to make Love have a change of heart, they’re fighting an uphill battle. Maybe more like an up-mountain war.

  1. yesser12 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Of course Flip isn’t good enough to change Love’s mind. Don’t know why anyone would think he was.

  2. loubearkane - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Welcome to the Chicago Bulls Kevin Love

    • blueintown - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      You spelled Lakers wrong.

      • yesser12 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        Unless Love says LA is the only place he goes they won’t get him. They literally have nothing worth trading. The one pick isn’t enough.

        Bulls could offer picks, maybe Gibson or Butler.
        Boston can send Green other young players and many picks.
        Knicks Shumpert or Hardaway but they are not in the hunt.
        Houston has Parsons in sign and trade.

      • nadoinspincity - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        @Yesser12 I don’t think the Lakers will get Love but if they do they aren’t trading for him. The only way they are getting him is if Minnesota does not trade him this year and he opts out of his contract becoming a free agent.

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Maybe if Love pulls a Dwight and just signs with the lakers for next year. I want him to come to LA but understand the Lakers have nothing to offer, especially compared to Golden State and Boston. I think I would rather have Vonleh or Smart plus the cap space to go after another max free agent than Love.

      • therealhtj - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Love will be a free agent in the summer of 2015 regardless. They’re no way under the current CBA that a team trading for him now can guarantee he stays. There’ll be a handful of teams with capspace vying for his services at that point. Only one of which happens to be the home of his Girlfriend and Family.

  3. kwame410 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Come to Portland where you were born and raised, love and Aldridge can both play PF and C. And swap positions accordingly

    • chapin3000 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Kevin love was born in santa monica california and he was always a laker fan check wikipidia before giving false info.

      • chapin3000 - Jun 6, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        His uncle is Mike Love from the beach boys from hawthorne california his family moved to oregon whe he was 1 year old and he played high school basketball for lake oswego lakers he grew up loving the Lakers his dad was also an nba player Stan Love who played for the Lakers in the 70s

  4. bucrightoff - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Laker fans need to stop acting like they can trade for him. Maybe he eventually becomes a Laker but not through a trade. The Lakers can only offer a turd and a turd polisher as trade bait. Every other team in the NBA has more to offer than the Lakers except the Knicks and the Nets. So it’s not happening. Besides he wants to win, not watch Kobe try and get the scoring record.

    • illogic87 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Exactly. Lakers are worse off than the Wolves before trading for anyone. Why would Klove want to go there? He will go to OKC..

    • prokilla - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      you are forgetting that he will be a free agent next year, NO good team will offer anything unless he sign an extension or guarantee he will stay. The Lakers did the same with Howard, and lost, but offered the rotten Bynum, so they did not lose much..

  5. azarkhan - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Love has a problem with owner Glen Taylor and since Taylor isn’t leaving, Love is.

    “I don’t know who labels people stars, but even Glen Taylor said: I don’t think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn’t led us to the playoffs,” Love told Yahoo! Sports. “I mean, it’s not like I had much support out there. That’s a tough pill to swallow.”

  6. lbeezyse - Jun 5, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    If he gets traded to the East he will re-sign with whatever team trades for him. The bulls would be nasty with Love. Noah would make up for Love’s pathetic attempt at defense. He would resign in GS as well. I don’t think LA will be getting Oregon’s own Kevin Love.

  7. arrondior - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Uh when Flip got hired, I wanted to leave the Timberwolves…

  8. haaaaasoooooo - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Water is wet.

  9. campcouch - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Well,until he shows up as at least an 8th seed in the playoffs,he’s just a stat machine on a bad team.

  10. pukpokito - Jun 6, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Kevin Love would be Perfect for the Boston Celtics and the Boston Celtics will make sure they are perfect for Kevin Love.
    The Celtics have the perfect compensation for the Timberwolves for Kevin Love.Much better than what they gave for KG.
    But it is not up to the Celtics. The Celtics can only put their best foot forward.

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