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Report: Timberwolves waiting for teams that miss out on LeBron, Carmelo to come calling about Kevin Love

Jul 1, 2014, 9:51 AM EDT

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Kevin Love is not a free agent until the summer of 2015, so his name has been absent from the frenzy of activity that occurred in the early hours of free agency on Tuesday.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be changing teams before next season begins.

Love has made it clear that he intends to leave Minnesota at the conclusion of next season, so the team has been listening to trade offers in order to get something of value in return for losing the face of its franchise. And the Timberwolves expect those offers to continue to get more palatable once teams begin to miss out on some of the more prominent free agent targets.

From Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press:

Wolves holding tight early in the free agency frenzy. they’ll wait for teams that miss on James/Melo to come calling about Love.

The Rockets, Suns, Bulls, Warriors all expected to make plays for Love if they miss out on James and/or Melo.

The Warriors and Timberwolves got close on a deal, only to have Golden State pull the plug because of a refusal to include Klay Thompson.

The Rockets could offer players like Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons (sign-and-trade) in a deal, two solid but underwhelming pieces from a star-power standpoint. The Suns have assets in the form of future draft picks, and rookies like Archie Goodwin and Alex Len who are loaded with potential. And the Bulls’ most interesting trade piece is Taj Gibson, though the team would likely prefer to add a star while keeping Gibson on the roster.

The Timberwolves are in a fine position to field offers. Remember, they’re not exactly in any hurry to trade Love, and teams that miss out on James, Anthony or second-tier stars in free agency may bring new trade proposals that are a little bit more interesting, mainly because they would potentially be coming from a place of desperation.

  1. lbeezyse - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    And start the GSW rumors for Lee’s terrible contract, a bag of hockey pucks, & a free soda vending machine for the locker room.

    With that said I can see Love ending up in PHX the longer this drags out.

  2. SBoy - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Smart of Minnesota to be patient and not rush into a deal… Agree that one of the “win now” franchises that miss out on LBJ and Melo will offer a better deal

  3. johnheisman - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I think the Celtics are still in the mix and can offer the best deal. Based on Love’s visit to the city, he clearly was interested in Boston as well. The Celtics have young players and draft picks that no other team can match.

    The T’wolves are not going to get a player of equal value so one option is draft picks and the Nets future draft picks will likely be in the lottery. If I am the Celtics GM I would only trade one of these at most as they will be very valuable The Nets have no cap room, no draft picks to use and key players like Deron Williams, underperform are overpaid and untradeable and the owner wants to cut back on expenses. They don’t have the means to improve and current the lottery teams are getting better especially Cleveland, Boston and Orlando. The 76ers will get there to but it will take longer.

    The T’Wolves will have to do something or in the immortal words of Judge Smails to his grandson Spalding in the movie Caddyshack – “you will get nothing and like it.”

    • 76ersdoubletank - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I just don’t see how Boston can make a competitive offer for Love.
      If Minnesota wanted a bunch of mid 1st round picks from the Nets that is one thing, but they certainly didn’t bite on that earlier. The Nets won’t win a title, but they are fully established in 6-8 seed purgatory for the next few years.

      Boston could offer Smart, Jeff Green and Sullinger, (despite reports is was Sully and Olynyk- oh what a haul LOL), but I don’t know if that is signifigantly better than a Bulls offer including Taj Gibson, and it seems to me Boston may want to keep Smart if they deal Rondo.

      I think Love wants to go to Boston, or at least would not mind, but personally I’m on the other side of the fence; I think he ends up somewhere else.

      • jkfargo - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        If Love goes to Boston, Rondo will stay and they won’t need Smart. If the Celtics don’t have Rondo, why would Love want to go there? They have very little top end talent. Who is there 2nd best player right now behind Rondo? Green? Bradley? Sullinger? It isn’t good. It’s hard to find proven NBA starters on that team. I see guys like Bradley, Sullinger and Green as bench guys or worst starters on a playoff team.

  4. lphboston - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Max value for Love was on draft night.
    Second-best value for Love is now until the start of the season.
    Wolves get least value at trading deadline next February.

    Wolves don’t seem to realize that Love can basically determine where he wants to go by simply declining to sign a long-term deal with teams he DOESN’T want to go play for.

    • malek773 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Spot on. Ignore the thumbs down for people who don’t understand how this works. The Wolves actually lost value by waiting for the draft to end. Now they are going to lose more if they wait for free agency to wrap up, as some of the contenders interested are going to sign other stars. The more teams that sign players in FA the less negotiating room the Wolves have.

      • 76ersdoubletank - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        I think there are lots of people who understand how it works, and could easily disagree with your opinion. Just becuase the Wolves are hanging onto Love, does not mean a team that loses out on FA’s, but wants to win now won’t come up with a great offer. In fact, a team like ATL wasn’t in the Love sweepstakes, but could be after the fact if they can’t land a big star. They aren’t clearing out all that cap money to NOT sign a player/trade for one. Other teams may still end up in the same boat. Desperation makes you do crazy things. On draft night, the Wolves could have gotten good value for sure, but a team desperate to make a deal you can always squeeze, and squeeze for a good value. It’s more a question of picks this year vs. picks next year, or a rookie player that was selected being thrown into the mix. I think if anything this leaves them in the same position.

      • tcstunner - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Lol. So people who disagree with ya, don’t know how this works? Sure. How was the max value on draft night IF THEY DONT WANT PICKS IN RETURN? Oh that’s right, it’s not. They want players. Players they can still get now that they could’ve also gotten then. Like the GSW deal for example.

    • jollyjoker2 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      Heard they had an offer for two first round picks – flip thinks that this love guy is worth more I guess. Should of grabbed it and ran. This guy is going to leave in a very negative way if he is on the team next. Its going to be half effort at best.

  5. clevelandrox - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    LOL, why in the world the wolves didnt do a draft day trade is beyond stupid as deep as this draft was, the contending teams are not going to send a star more like serviceable parts and teams not contending will not get a guarantee of an extension from love so they’re gonna give the world, plus next years draft is no where near as strong. gotta play the patience game… but doesnt look good for minny…

    • jkfargo - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Why take a deal just to take a deal because of the draft? If they really want Klay Thompson, why make a draft trade and give up that hope? Maybe they think the Bulls will up their offer if they don’t get Melo. They might think they have a shot at Eric Bledsoe which Phoenix was rumored to possibly be willing to deal. He can’t be traded until he signs a new deal in the near future. If the Wolves don’t land Thompson, they might decide they want Chandler Parsons. There are just so many options. They want an established young player. Most of the teams with the draft picks they would want didn’t have that. Love also wouldn’t agree to a resign with most of the teams with high picks. The Wolves obviously would rather get Klay Thompson, Eric Bledsoe, Taj Gibson or Chandler Parsons over a lottery pick. You are right, the contending teams aren’t going to trade a star. The Wolves aren’t getting Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Steph Curry, James Harden or Dwight Howard in any of those scenarios. They want Love to play with those guys. Those stars are the reason Love would resign with those teams.

  6. spillz121 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Didn’t the rockets already trade Asik?

    • clevelandrox - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      verbal agreement…

  7. alpo3744 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    I really hope that they hold on to love for the whole season, that way if he wants to leave he is giving up an extra 30 million plus if he leaves the nba will give the wolves the number one overall pick three out of four years

    • dluxxx - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      The only problem with that is the fact that the Wolves will never get a #1 overall pick. It just doesn’t matter. The league hates MN.

      • clevelandrox - Jul 1, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        or scared that the wolves would trade back for three picks and get 3 PGs…jk : p

  8. jollyjoker2 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    wolves have trouble getting equal veteran value so they have to go young and their ain’t much out there. so….my hope is flippy skippy doesn’t hold on to this guy too long or like the loser franchise the twolves are could be a long haul.

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