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Coy Flip Saunders says he doesn’t know Timberwolves will trade Love, anyone on draft night

Jun 24, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

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Kevin Love’s camp is pushing hard to get their man moved sooner rather than later. And to a destination of his choosing.

Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders is in no such rush. You can picture him at his desk with his feet up, sipping a single malt Scotch neat, Mad Men style.

Saunders isn’t going to settle for less than Klay Thompson from the Warriors in a deal (at least not right now). He seems to shrug off the Bulls offer (reportedly the No. 16 and 19 picks in this draft, Taj Gibson and Tony Snell). Minnesota doesn’t have to move Kevin Love until the trade deadline and seem willing to wait for an offer they really want.

Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune spoke to Saunders Tuesday.

Fishing metaphors are perfect in the land of 1,000 lakes — that is speaking to the fan base. Along those lines, Saunders is just waiting for the right fish to fry.

More and more the feeling around the league is Minnesota will wait. Maybe until after July 1, maybe close to training camp, maybe all the way to the trade deadline.

That said, things can change quickly come draft night. Especially if somebody blinks.

Just don’t bet on that being Flip Saunders.

  1. percybowl - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    *land of 10,000 lakes.

    …I’ll show myself out

    • bhinrichs9 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      I heard its closer to 15,000 now.

    • 1historian - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      good one

    • jollyjoker2 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Bye…Beats watching grown men dribble.

  2. illegalblues - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    flip gonna swoop in and wait it out till he can get josh smith AND david lee somehow

  3. malek773 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    The longer he waits the less he’ll get. You think if he waits until February he’ll get as much as teams are offering him now? Thursday is when he will get the most value for Love

    • tcstunner - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      I disagree. If he wants good players instead of picks he can still get max value up until training camp or the start of the season. The only way he can only get max value before the draft is if he wants good picks, which apparently he doesn’t. Also I’d be shocked if he waited til the trade deadline in February. IMO Love will be traded between now and the start of training camp.

      • malek773 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        I agree if he wants players he could hold out more but because Love controls so much with being able to opt out and not sign an extention his options are limited. The way it looks Love only wants to go to a contender and there are only a few who are offering much value, chicago, GS, and Houston. So to me, from a GM aspect it seems to make more sense to stock up on young talent and draft picks and begin the rebuild proccess. No vet players they get are going to make them a competitor in the West

      • 1historian - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        good one

  4. tcstunner - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    At this point in time, Flip is playing this perfectly. If he gets the offer he wants then he’ll make a deal and if not he can still trade Love anytime from right after the draft up until training camp and still get max value. IMO he doesn’t want to wait any longer than that because then the return probably diminishes. Also, his willingness to wait pretty much means he’s not interested in a package that revolves around draft picks. Flip wants decent players and maybe one good pick. Not tons of picks and mediocre players. Sorry Boston, you’re out of the running. It looks like Flip wants the GS deal revolving around Lee, Thompson and either Barnes, Green or a 1st round pick. The pick being the thing he wants the least. I hope he can get Lee, Thompson and Barnes for. Love and Martin. Seems like a good trade for both sides.

  5. lbeezyse - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    More square miles of beach than Cali. Why would Love wan’t to leave? Oh yeah because he can’t carry a team by himself. He has had pretty good teams the past two years & nothing still.

    If Flip doesn’t get the deal he likes now, then there is no harm in waiting until closer to training camp. Teams that miss out on free agents will get more desperate.

    • jollyjoker2 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      He can’t carry a team if he was paired with MJ in his prime. guy don’t play defense at any level…..He should have been a matador. Flip? Flip hasn’t won at the last 3 coaching jobs..why does everyone think he can do it now or as GM. I still see him being a predator as glen taylor gets older. Sell it to me for a couple of nickels…I like you ha ha.

  6. seansull83 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    He is waiting for a mega deal that won’t materialize. This actually works for Boston. We get to work another year on our pieces. Love trade will happen but he will not re-sign, we offer a 2 year deal with player option after season is done, and cut who didn’t progress during the year. This is wishful thinking of course.

    It’s a bad move. If Flip does nothing and stalls, he’ll have a pissed player. He won’t perform, and Love’s value on the market decreases taking Minny’s leverage. Worst case scenario nothing materializes and he walks for free. GG

    • dluxxx - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Worst case scenario is Love starts posting pictures of himself doing knuckle pushups on instagram.

  7. jazz11001 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Wait until all the dust settles and who drafts who and where melo and lebron go. Then the teams that haven’t gotten better will trade the farm. Minnesota is a tough place to live and the whimpy Mr. Knuckle push ups doesn’t mesh with the locals who are more involved with raising hockey kids who laugh at how much of a cry baby weakling she is. Every time he misses a shot he throws his hands in the air crying foul. Where is that Montague?

  8. papichulo55 - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Flip must wait out the market. When LBJ and Melo re-sign with their respective teams, Love will be the best name on the market. Patience is a virtue.

  9. spliff219 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Does this guy think Klay is gonna sign a long term deal with the wolves. even if they get Klay in a trade, hes gone in two years. I dont get it. Taj is locked up and can help them right away. Tell the Bulls Taj-Mirotic-snell-16th-19th pick and we have a deal

    • bdachan12 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:45 AM

      Restricted free agent. Look it up.

  10. saint1997 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Something smells fishy here

  11. bealwithit - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Flip was fired the last time he was the head coach for a rebuild in Washington.

    Now that he is a coach of the Timberwolves, I think he wants guys who can play instead of the hope of prospects and picks. He wants to keep his job. That is why he can still hold out on trading Kevin Love even though he won’t get as much in terms of draft picks as he can get this week. Probably not the best for the franchise moving forward, but the man wants to keep his job.

  12. brookwell2013 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Who in their right mind would want to play in Minnesota?? Minnesota ??? Love is outta there (thanks to David Kahn the nitwit former fake GM for the push) and the earlier poster who wrote that if Klay Thompson ends up there in atrade he’s gone in 2 years is absolutley correct…NO ONE wants to play fpr the T-Wolves also rans. No one…

    • jollyjoker2 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      As a person from MN… I can tell you , it has to be better than Oklahoma or Utah or some of the other wasteland places to live in the USA. I have 20 large lakes within 10 minutes of my house and 12 bars within 3….No worries here.

      • seansull83 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        And that may be great for you, but in an industry of entertainment there is zero marketability, thus an issue of attracting more talent. Love isn’t a superstar, but he a good supporting member . Put love along side of a Derrick Rose or another high caliber player and Love can be real good. Rubio and Love aren’t gonna take you to the promise land. And I am sure the amount of bars near Love’s house is not on his list of priorities.

  13. jollyjoker2 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    knowing flip – he will smug it out and likely get a bad deal and call it win.

  14. oldschoolwillie - Jun 25, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Honestly, at this point I almost feel the best move for the Wolves is to just hang on to Love until at least the trade deadline. The team should build their team as if he is staying and try and win now. They were better than their record last year and were very unlucky, which people fail to realize.

    If they build with him and have a good first half of the season, it gives the Wolves more of an option. They could decide to keep him to at least make a playoff run for the fans, but they could also raise his value by saying they want to keep him for said playoff run, meaning the Wolves don’t feel like they NEED to trade him. This gives them a stronger hand and will stop these other teams and hometown writers from lowballing the Wolves situation.

    It also back Love in to a corner. Right now no one is blaming him for wanting to leave, but if the Wolves are playing awesome at the break, he looks like a jerk for trying to leave and screw the season up. He has to play hard though because he has to keep his value up still.

    The team will also sell more tickets with him and with them winning.

    This gives the Wolves the most value, even if they lose him still. Try and win this year regardless. It gives us the upper hand at the trade deadline as well.

    • jazz11001 - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      He will get booed out of the stadium. He will be traded before the season as it allows his replacement time to become acquainted with the new role. I mean having a 4 play the role of a atretch 3 is probably why they can’t get over the hump. Especially when he has ZERO defense. His making the trip down the floor is strictly to rebound. That being said the Wolves are playing 4 on 5 basketball and if they play someone good it is 4 on 6. Has Love ever scored 51pts in a game? Brewer has and he plays D. Either way they can’t trade him quick enough. As for flips reasons for wanting players vs draft picks is solely based on the brand. Ricky doesn’t draw a crowd to target center and they haven’t been in the playoffs since Flip left. The franchise was almost back on track and then we have the KLove issue. They need a name player and a some scoring minutes from somewhere.

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