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Kevin Love pulling out of USA Basketball due to lingering likelihood of trade from Timberwolves

Jul 26, 2014, 10:14 AM EDT

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The ongoing reports surrounding Kevin Love and where the trade talks between the Timberwolves and others stand seemed relatively harmless, especially in a time when the NBA news cycle is so traditionally slow.

But there’s a reality that Love is being heavily shopped, at least to the Cavaliers and the Bulls. And due to the uncertainty surrounding where his NBA future will unfold, Love has decided that playing for USA Basketball this summer would simply be too much of a risk.

From Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press:

Kevin Love is pulling out of Team USA because of uncertainty surrounding his status with Wolves.

League sources told AP of Love’s decision to pull out of World Cup this morning. Just can’t risk injury right now.

USA Basketball made it official shortly after the initial report.

USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo today announced that Kevin Love(Minnesota Timberwolves) has informed USA Basketball that because of his current status he will be unavailable to participate with the USA National Team this summer. The U.S. team is scheduled to begin its 2014 preparations for the FIBA Basketball World Cup with a training camp July 28-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas. USA Basketball will utilize the Las Vegas training camp to identify players for this summer’s USA World Cup Team.

“The fact is we can only look to the players we have available. Our job is to get the job done with our very, very deep roster, and we’re anxious to get things started,” said Colangelo.

This is a big loss for USA Basketball this summer, mainly because of how excited the organization was when Love (along with Kevin Durant) formally announced their intentions to play in the World Championships at mini-camp in Las Vegas last summer.

But his unresolved trade from the Timberwolves, which more than likely won’t be able to be completed for at least 30 more days, has forced a change of plans.

  1. money2long - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    http://www.hngn.com/articles/37179/20140725/nba-trade-rumors-was-kevin-love-trade-already-agreed-upon-bill-simmons-talks-conspiracy-theory.htm

    Lebron’s going home my arse.
    Basketball reasons.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      “I think this Kevin Love trade to Cleveland was already decided as part of the deal for LeBron to come back to Cleveland. I don’t know this. I wouldn’t bet my life on it. It’s just like one of those gut-feeling conspiracy theories.”

      Why are you getting so excited over a Simmons conjecture?

  2. kraa0901 - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Just don’t go doing any knuckle push ups now, or bunching any walls, chief!

  3. campcouch - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Shenanigans!

    http://www.clesportstalk.net/2014/07/report-love-request-trade-to-cavs/

    • sonnysuave - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      The link is an article written by a community college bball player… not a professional sports writer.

      • campcouch - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        and I called shenanigans

  4. pukpokito - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Kevin Love must take care of his business first.Can’t fault him if that part of his life is not right Team USA has to understand.I’m reading something from Stephen A.Smith today.Well if and when good for him(love)that he is being decisive.

    Stephen A. Smith: From what my sources told me just yesterday, and I don’t know whether this is true or not so I don’t have it locked down, but I’m hearing that Kevin Love is basically telling other teams ‘Don’t bother bringing me long-term because once my contract is up, if I have to serve this last year in Minnesota, I’m going to Cleveland. The man apparently wants to play with LeBron James.” Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love is perhaps adding a new twist to recent trade talks by indicating he wants to be dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Multiple league sources told FOX Sports Ohio on Friday they are under the impression Love has relayed his desire for a trade to Cleveland to his agent. Love is represented by Jeff Schwartz.Sources could not say for certain whether Love or Schwartz have made a formal trade request to the Timberwolves. Most believe if such a request is made, the Cavs will be able to obtain Love at a considerably cheaper cost than what is being discussed by the teams. The Cavs and Timberwolves have reportedly talked about a deal that would send Love to Cleveland and team him with fellow All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Sources have said Cavs rookie Andrew Wiggins has been a sticking point in the talks, as the Cavs are hesitant to surrender the No. 1 overall draft pick.
    (The Timberwolves suddenly have been put back in a wall. Well I can’t feel bad for them as they have been an a*s with this Kevin Love situation.)

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      If this is true, this would be smart by Love. He if wants to go to the Cavs, he shouldn’t want to go to a gutted Cavs therefore, he should say something like this in the hopes of keeping Wiggins.

    • campcouch - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Even as rumors spread, if this situation does take place, Flip Saunders can only blame Flip Saunders. Instead of grabbing previous deals that of course weren’t equal in trade but worth more than he thought,the idea that Love would force the issue apparently didn’t dawn on him. Love was pretty good about his intentions. Giving the Wolves a year notice to get something for him. So if Love really would tell the FO that he won’t sign with anyone except Cleveland, the owner should can Saunders for dragging not only his feet but Love’s as well and not getting a better deal earlier.

  5. sire2334 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I don’t know what it says but it’s funny how the majority of these players find excuses not to play for the National team yet in soccer they’ll will do everything in their power to try to make the team.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      This is the type of comment you see when someone doesn’t really pay attention to a story but feels compelled to comment on it.

      Around 25 players were invited to participate in Team USA practices awhile ago.
      Since then, 4 players have dropped out over the span of several weeks.

      This guy’s conclusion is that 4 out of 25 is a majority, which means either his math skills are horrible or that he’s not really paying attention but still feels compelled to comment on the situation.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        Other differences between basketball and soccer include the fact that Olympic basketball is a bigger deal than the World Cup, whereas the Soccer World Cup is a far bigger deal than the Olympic World Cup.

        Also, the USA is completely dominant in basketball, with only Spain coming close to fielding as much talent, whereas in soccer, there are 5 or so global powers. Even Germany, who won the soccer World Cup, wasn’t consistently dominant and had a few close calls before the final rounds.

        So the USA can afford to not always have their top 20 players in basketball play and win. Even in Athens, the USA finished with the bronze. In contrast, when the US has their top 23 soccer players play, they barely make it to the knockout rounds.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        *Olympic soccer, not Olympic World Cup

      • lunasceiling - Jul 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Exactly, casualcommenter. The Olympic soccer tournament (for men) isn’t even the main national teams: it’s U-23 (under 23 years old). The World Cup is what matters. T

        he Basketball World Cup? I suspect a lot of hoops fans don’t even know it exists.

      • sire2334 - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        1. You’re a d1ck….2. I did read the story and regardless of what you say you know very well that there seems to be a difference between the sports when it comes to representing the country. 3. I can certainly accept the fact that the two main events are transposed between the sports. 4. You’re a d1ck….

      • sire2334 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:04 AM

        Allow me to apologize….Because after Paul George’s gruesome injury, not one player wavered.

  6. groundpounder95 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    It’s always good to pull out in tight situations.

  7. twinfan24 - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Well, he wants out of Minnesota and knows a trade won’t happen if he’s hurt. Seems like a prudent decision.

  8. mungman69 - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    So if Love says that he will only sign an extension with the Cavs? If this is true then anyone of the other 28 teams can bid on his services for one year (woah Wolves) but that bidding won’t be real high unless a team thinks that Love will put them over the top this upcoming season. If Kevin Love wins a title or comes close with one of these teams maybe he’ll stay. Or maybe not. Bless em all up in Minnesota.
    AND THEN THERE IS THE CAP.
    Good luck with that, Wolves.

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