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Report: Minnesota still in no rush to trade Kevin Love, not to Cleveland or anyone

Jul 10, 2014, 12:08 AM EDT

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Everybody thought Flip Saunders was under pressure to pull the trigger on a Kevin Love trade at the NBA Draft — from Love’s agent/camp to other teams there was a lot of work, which led to a lot of hype.

Saunders decided to wait.

Now out of Cleveland — where it just has been assumed for days that LeBron James returning was a done deal and fans have moved on to the next steps in their heads — comes the belief that once LeBron makes his (obvious to them) announcement a Kevin Love trade to Cleveland will follow closely behind.

But again, Saunders is going to be patent, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

A trade for Love would have to center around Andrew Wiggins, but the Timberwolves want more established players as well (remember they have wanted guys more like Taj Gibson and Klay Thompson). It’s not a simple deal.

Since the draft the plan in Minnesota has followed this logic: Once teams get strike one on LeBron and Carmelo Anthony, then get strike two on second wave of guys (maybe Chris Bosh, certainly Pau Gasol and Luol Deng) they will get desperate. That’s when teams will start to make better trade offers for Love.

Do the Warriors see Bosh added to the Rockets (or Anthony to the Lakers) and decide they need to make a big move and throw Klay Thompson in a deal after all? Maybe not the Warriors, maybe not that specific scenario, but the Timberwolves see something in that mold playing out and can sit back and wait for someone to make a better offer. they are not rushed.

This is what Masai Ujiri did in the Carmelo Anthony situation in Denver — wait and wait and wait until somebody gets desperate and makes a big offer (in this case it was James Dolan over the head of then Knicks’ GM Donnie Walsh). Saunders takes heart in that, and if he has to wait until the deadline he will.

Which could leave some frustrated people in Cleveland and other cities as he waits.

  1. metalhead65 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    I hope it back fires and Loves sticks it to the wolves this year. they don’t like all the double doubles he puts up? fine do not put them up then and give the people what they want and listen to them whine and cry about he is not worth all the money he wants because he does not produce. who will they blame for sucking once he is out of that god foresakin state and away from that losing franchise?

    • gnu2308 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      Y U Mad bro?

      • metalhead65 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:01 AM

        not even a wolves fan but from the way their so called fans bash him if I were him why would I care anymore? like I said I would give them what they want and do as little as I possibly could and if they trade me during the season watch them get as little as possible in return.

      • zerole00 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

        Yeah, I’m pretty sure blatant tanking like that is illegal.

      • therealhtj - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        If nothing happened to Milly, Philly, Orlando, and Utah with their blatant tanking, I’m pretty sure you can field a high school team, win 0 games, and the league still won’t do anything about it.

      • handsomerob86 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Hey hey, the Magic weren’t tanking, were just not that good, have you seen our off-season ‘additions’?

    • esotericmindguy - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      No one will blame anyone, no one cares in Minnesota. Sure you might find a small following, but the wolves are an afterthought in 99% of the state.

      As for liking Love, he never wanted to be in MN, basically said that from day 1. I can’t blame him…it’s a terrible franchise, like most Minnesota sports.

  2. llfreedman - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    Flip is going to hold out so long that he gets nothing. Turn Love into Wiggins and a few picks. Love has no interest in resigning in Minnesota, they aren’t winning anyhing with this roster (not like Aldrich last year), and you risk Love walking away for nothing.

    If flip was smart he’d milk the Cavs for eveything they got while they are desperate to woo Lebron

    • bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Minn. wants to win now, no way in hell wiggins and varageo? gets it done. They already have a center in minn. The best deal is david lee,barnes and make them throw in klay who i think is overrated with a career per of 13.9 and 43% shooting and a 14.4 per last year who is one dimensional player who shoots to much. But he is young and has time to improve. The dubs also have a couple of good players to throw in instead of klay. If i was minn. i would want Irving in the deal or hang up the phone.

  3. chicagosports2014 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Chicago got the best offer on the table. Minny wanna win now. Wiggins a newborn, they need polished vets that haven’t reached their peek yet


  4. jtk1985 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:00 AM

    Oh no my Cavs would be in so much trouble if we just had to pair LeBron with Kyrie, Wiggins, Tristan, Andy and Waiters….

    • bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Who plays defense on that team? andy is good but always hurt. They have no front line players and out side of irving no 3 point shooting. Irving and waiters and lbj need the ball in their hands to be effective and none of them are great spot up shooters and their to young and inexperience to get the job done. Who on that team is better than wade and bosh. You could say irving but he is a ghost on defense. Their young players are going to take 3-4 years to turn into anything great if they do at all and lbj is 30yrs. old. And they’re not getting love in this universe with wiggins and andy as the trade bait. lbj ain’t going to cleveland!!!

      • jtk1985 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Irving is better then Wade and Bosh. As to who plays D that comes off the bench with Delly and we would still have money to add another player or two. Besides that just having LeBron improves the team D as a whole.

  5. lakerade - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    It’s not up to Flip, Love will only agree to sign an extension in his preferred cities, and Cleveland ain’t one of them. If LeBron goes to the Cavs too then it could be fun for Love but otherwise he’s a Laker one year from today.

  6. csbanter - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Love is under contract the Twolves are doing the right thing. Hold onto him until teams sweeten the deal.

    • therealhtj - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Or be forced to take whatever scraps are left at the trade deadline? Great plan.

      Not moving Love before the start of training camp will be yet another colossal fail by a colossal fail of an organization.

  7. lbeezyse - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Lakers? Who’s talking about them? They missed out on Melo, well they’re about to. Love already has said he’d resign with any contending team whether it be cle, gsw, chi etc etc. it’s time to realize Love will never be a Laker.

    With that said, Wiggins, Bennett, Thompson, & 2 1sts for Love under the premise he resigns with Bron.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      crazy talk, bunch of garbage.

    • jtk1985 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      What team has ever gotten back that kinda haul for an expiring contract on a player that didnt want to be there?

  8. 1historian - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Saunders is banking on being able to keep Love in Minny no matter what.

    Ain’t happening.

    When the dust settles he will be left with nothing and will be down to one word:


  9. lbeezyse - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    If Cle lands Bron it only increases the bidding for Love. Flip is smart to let the dust settle on bron melo bosh etc. if Parsons leaves Hou & they miss out on Bosh suddenly they are players for Love. gSW will re enter the fray as will CHI. Flip is playing it smart & Love will be dealt before training camp.

  10. watermelon1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    If Minnesota accepts a trade from Cleveland who have nothing to offer that they would part with…. The NBA better step in and cancel that nonsense.

    Just like they did with CP3 and the Lakers.

    After Irving, the Cavs have nothing to offer that should net them a player like Love.

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