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Report: Minnesota, Golden State still talking Kevin Love trade, still getting nowhere

Jul 15, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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And now from our “non-update update” file….

The Minnesota Timberwolves are still talking to teams about trading Kevin Love. The Golden State Warriors are still interested in having Kevin Love on their team.

And yet the two sides remain at an impasse named Klay Thompson.

Marc Stein of ESPN has the latest “update” at ESPN.

The Timberwolves and Warriors have continued to discuss a Kevin Love trade, but the teams remain unable to agree on the framework of a deal with Golden State still unwilling to include Klay Thompson, according to sources close to the process.

Sources told ESPN.com that Wolves owner Glen Taylor and Warriors counterpart Joe Lacob have maintained a level of dialogue on a potential trade of Love to Golden State, which sources insist would have been clinched by now if Golden State — at the behest of new coach Steve Kerr — relented on their refusal to part with Thompson.

Minnesota is reported to be in the same situation with the Cleveland Cavaliers — the Timberwolves wants No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in any deal, Cleveland will not put him in the deal. And so they are stalled.

Love can opt out next summer and be an unrestricted free agent, and his people have made it clear to Minnesota that he will bolt so they should trade him. Love has some leverage in this process because if he gets traded somewhere he doesn’t want to be he can still opt-out and become a free agent, so only teams where they have a chance to re-sign him would be willing to fork over the assets to get him.

Minnesota president Flip Saunders learned his lesson from Masai Ujiri and the Nuggets trade of Carmelo Anthony — he’s willing to wait until some team caves and gives him the deal he wants. He doesn’t have to make that trade in July.

But if Love has to come to Timberwolves training camp in the fall, it’s going to be awkward.

  1. jazz11001 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Those who say that MN has zero leverage are lost. Love already showed what a coward hebis by bowing out of the all-star celebrity softball gig. He doesn’t have the guts to show for camp cuz his teammates wouldn’t believe in him. That opens up where he will allow to be traded. Flip holds all the cards.

    • jollyjoker2 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Love has more leverage as time goes on but what does it mean? I think these other teams are seeing what most are – poor defense except position rebounding and a pretty good shooter. This guy can’t finish games defensively or move the ball around quickly. So, they are not offering much.

  2. campcouch - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    I’d bet that the Warriors are pretty confident in their current team and giving up Thompson and any combination of Lee, Green or Barnes isn’t worth Love. As for Cleveland, if Wiggins or Bennett were showing signs of struggle in the summer league I’m sure they’d press the Wolves, but so far,even in the playground atmosphere of Vegas, they seem to be showing upside against veteran and rookie NBA talent, so they’re no doubt hesitant. Flip may have to wait for the trade deadline, when teams have a better assessment of their current roster and may be willing to part with someone to make a run.

  3. edavidberg - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Love is a hell of a player. They are foolish for not trading Thompson, who they probably aren’t going to afford to keep anyway.

    I understand Minnesota does not have all the leverage but the players Golden State is offering are not good enough. I’d rather take Waiters, Bennett and a few first rounders from the Cavaliers than what the Warriors are trying to pawn off on Minnesota.

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