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Flip Saunders: 16 teams have called about Kevin Love

Jun 6, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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We know the Bulls and Celtics have reportedly made offers for Kevin Love.

The Warriors are also interested, as are the Rockets and Knicks. And so are the…

What’s the point listing every NBA team? The Timberwolves have surely gotten more offers than they can count.

Or not.

Flip Saunders, via Sid Hartman of the StarTribune:

“We probably have 16 teams that have called us,” Saunders said, regarding interest in Love around the league. “We haven’t called anybody.”

What are the other 13 teams doing?

Love’s outside-inside game, great rebounding and sterling passing make him a great fit on any team offensively. He need work defensively, but his offense makes him a major contributor.

It’s very difficult to win big in the NBA without a star (or two or three), and Love is one. Many teams lack the ammo to trade for him, but it’s still not clear exactly what Minnesota is seeking.

At least give Flip a call to inquire.

  1. bigwii - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Based on the silence of Danny Ainge and all that’s going on with Rondo. I think Boston will have the best package to offer but it depends on how much they want to give up. If Ainge really wants him he can get him, I’m excited to see what happens.

    I think Ainge has a few plans up his sleeve with Rondo doing everything he can’t because of tampering rules. Big things are coming to Boston.

    • 1historian - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      1) D.A. was taught GMing by Red Auerbach, the best Sports GM EVER
      2) He’s already promised us ‘fireworks’ this summer.
      3) He has very voluminous sleeves, and lots of them – he is just getting started.

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    It’s not about “What are the other 13 doing”, it’s “Why are so many teams wasting their time when there isn’t a snowball’s chance in Hell that Love will re-sign with them”.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 7, 2014 at 3:11 AM

      Thank you, you would think a sports writer would understand that. Yesser12 below is right also.Don’t understand why you’re getting thumbs down and yeserr is saying the same thing to thumbs up.

    • jkfargo - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      Teams can make 3 way trades. What if the Wolves want a player on one of those teams rosters? A team like the Celtics could send picks/assets towards those teams and get a player that would make the Wolves trade Love to Boston. A call is just a call. Nothing serious has to take place. A good GM would simply want to know what it would take or what the Wolves want. Why not call?

      • 1historian - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        ‘A good GM’

        Aye, there’s the rub

    • 1historian - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Because their fans would wonder “why aren’t they going after that guy?”

  3. yesser12 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    How many of them actually have the ammo to get him?
    An how many would he actually want to play for?

    If a team like Cleveland, Bobcats, Jazz call I doubt Love would want to go or sign the extension.

    • jkfargo - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      What if the Wolves want assets those teams have? Even if they knew Love wouldn’t sign with them, they could help facilitate a 3 way trade because of the assets they have. Why not find out what exactly the ammo is? Why not call? It seems like a thing a good GM would do.

  4. antistratfordian - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    There has to be a good deal in there somewhere.

    • 1historian - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      There is, and we’ll (maybe) hear about it on or around draft day.

  5. muathjam21 - Jun 6, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    What are the other 13 teams doing? Oh, I dunno, not wasting their time?

  6. spliff219 - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Man IDK. I think id rather just bring mirotic over and trade for or sign a nice SG that can score. having the 16-19 pick you can also grab a nice piece. Is Love worth Gibson-Jimmy Buckets-mirotic-16-19th pick this year. I really dont think so

  7. lakerade - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    This makes me uneasy.

    I have nightmares about CLE trading the No.1 pick for Love, then pointing to him and Kyrie and daring LeBron to still opt in when those two await. If dude’s really about the rings, he’s got to consider that future versus the one with those other two in Miami riding his coattails until they drag him down.

    The possibility of Love coming to LA flickers more dimly with a deal like that possible. The Lakers wouldn’t be able to offer Love a plan like that until two years from now, after he supposedly came in free agency. What the Lakers can offer is longevity of legend. It may take that extra season initially, but the contending window will stay open longer and what a view from that window when it is in Los Angeles.

    • billtetley53 - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      The lakers have NO chance of getting him through a trade. Outside of the 7th pick, they have nothing to offer. Hes going to make sure he goes somewhere in trade that hecwants to resign with, so he can get max money, and outside of Sacremento, said team is going to make sure he signs. So the lakers have virtually no shot. That light isnt dim, its completely out.

  8. campcouch - Jun 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Charles Barkley 2.0

  9. mnwildfan15 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    I stopped reading after “via Sid Hartman” are we sure it wasn’t just six teams?

  10. packhawk04 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    I think those other 13 teams are the ones who realize a max deal, or even close to it, for a guy who would be the fourth best player on the heat right now probably will get them as far as hes taken the twolves the past few years.

    • mcjon22 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      Congrats on your ‘Dumbest comment of the year’ nomination

  11. The Buffer Zone - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    You list 5 teams you know are interested, then say there are 16 teams in total interested, then ask who are the other 13 teams.

    I’m no math major, but I have enough fingers and toes to know that this isn’t your strong suit.

    Plus, you guys have written at least five articles about the Sacramento Kings & their interest in Love, yet you don’t mention them as an interested party??

    This is just sloppy all around.

    • tegan3 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      He listed 5 of the 16 interested. 13 that haven’t called plus Minnesota equals 30 NBA teams. It looks like English and comprehension aren’t your strong suit.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM


    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      You have 30 fingers and toes? One would think YOUd be able to count better.

  12. mungman69 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    FIRST, Any team that trades for Love HAS to know that Love will sign a deal. Sign and trade? If he signs then Cleveland might do it but does Love want Cleveland? NO WAY JOSE!

  13. jollyjoker2 - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:37 AM

    a. ) guy wants out. true.
    b.) is flip in denial. maybe
    c.) assuming all true, what value can you get….1st for sure …
    d.) .why is flip coaching – ego.

    Outcome: old owner – wants to sell. Flip is the vulture. …hmmm. where does this go.
    Lay the odds. muddling, love is traded for?

    ah, the interesting moments of being an arm chair gm.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      1-Would you want to coach the team knowing Love is halfway out the door?
      2-Flip’s trying to brown-nose Love to get him to stay.

  14. pukpokito - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    16?!!!!! Nahahaha! I don’t think Flip can handle it. KLove wants out. Trade him already.What are you waiting for? Shake your state of in denial off already.

    • 1historian - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      There is, and we’ll (maybe) hear about it on or around draft day.

    • muathjam21 - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      What are they waiting for? The best deal possible, perhaps.

      I know, crazy.

  15. whitwarren - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Westbrook. Jackson. Durant. Love. Ibaka.
    (reunites UCLA teammates Russ and Love)

    This probably won’t happen but I can dream. I can dream. Thunder Up.

    • jkfargo - Jun 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Definitely a dream. Why do you think they traded Harden? It’s because they couldn’t afford him. Even if they got rid of Ibaka, it would be hard to put a team around Westbrook, Durant and Love unless those guys really wanted to take pay cuts.

  16. minnesotablizzard - Jun 11, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    K-love and k-mart for nene & Bradley beal plus a pick

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