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Report: ‘No chance’ Kevin Love stays with Timberwolves

Jul 27, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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The Kevin Love saga marches on, and there’s likely not going to be an official resolution reached for at least another month, while newly-signed players in both Cleveland and Chicago — the most likely destinations for Love to land in any trade — are forced to wait a league-mandated 30 days before they can be dealt.

In case the Timberwolves are thinking about letting this drag on even further, and possibly entering the season with Love still on the roster in hopes that a strong start might change his mind about being open to re-upping in Minnesota, well — that ship has apparently sailed.

From Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (via Basketball Insiders):

If the Timberwolves are still hoping they can persuade Kevin Love not to opt out of his contract after next season, they can give up hope.

The all-star forward is adamant about leaving, either by forcing a trade or on his own. For a variety of reasons, there is no chance he will change his mind.

Had the Wolves, however, given Love a maximum five-year contract instead of four years in 2012, he would not have wanted out of Minnesota.

There was a time when that last part might have been true, but I’m not so sure the franchise’s failure to lock up Love on a max extension really is factoring that much into his decision at present.

Minnesota’s inability to make the postseason, failure to surround Love with a consistent level of talent, and revolving door at the head coaching position are all likely bigger issues for him now than the fact the team (under a now fired GM in David Khan) failed to offer him the full contract extension he was seeking.

The Timberwolves playing in a small market where no free agents will willingly sign certainly doesn’t help, and the fact that Love is looking at immediate championship contention playing alongside LeBron James in Cleveland is better than anything Minnesota could offer — which is why the decision he’s already made to leave one way or another is an easy one to justify.

  1. seasickcecil - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    The Cavs are at the cap right now and next year Kyrie’s extension kicks in. For the last time it would be almost impossible for the Cavs to sign Love as a free agent next year.

    • rh316 - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:59 AM

      LeBron opts out. Cavs sign Love to a max deal. Cavs sign Lebron using Bird rights. Should be easy enough.

      • tcstunner - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:47 AM

        Except they don’t have Bird Rights for Lebron. A player has to be with a team for 3 years before they kick in.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:49 AM

        If lbj opts out they would have to be under the cap enough to fit love before doing that and i don’t think they will be. But they have team options on bennet and waiters and miller has a player option for 3 mil. And if they dip below the cap at any time they will lose their mid-level and bi-annual exceptions if they have them. But with trades and or renouncing guys they might be able to do it.

      • jeffkx - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:08 AM

        I wouldn’t be surprised if LeBron opts out, signs for less if the opportunity arises to sign Love next summer. LeBron making say $10m and getting Love or making $20m and not getting Love would be an easy choice.

      • jeffkx - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Forgot to add the Cavs would have to trade a few players (Waiters/Bennett) but to say the Cavs can’t sign Love in free agency next summer is foolish.

    • jeffkx - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      I see there a lot of people blind to what’s happening in Cleveland. Next summer: LeBron, Wiggins, Kyrie and sign Love after LeBron takes a pay cut. And I bet all the clowns saying that LeBron won’t take a paycut were the same people who were saying he’d never come back to Cleveland. If the chance to sign Love (or another big time 2015 FA) arises next summer LeBron will take less (just as Dirk just did) to sign that player. And Waiters and another contract will be traded to make cap room. I know you guys don’t like it and all, but too bad so sad for the rest of the NBA.

      • tved12 - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        And I see a “blind person” throwing out guesses about what Cleveland “could” next summer.

        If you want to insult everybody, back it up with facts. What could Cleveland do to sign Love next summer? Look up their cap space and lay it out for us genius. Anything other than saying LeBron will cut his pay by 50%.

  2. fruitcovejag - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    No one’s ever dump salary in the Nba seasickcecil!?!

  3. mnsadsportsfan - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Glen Taylor=worst owner in the NBA

  4. unxpexted1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    I love how nobody is giving Love any grief for trying to force himself out of MN. When Carmelo did the same thing, he was crucified for being selfish, coach killer etc. What is the difference in this case?

    • justorion - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      I feel like the Love case is a little different, he is being upfront and honest with all teams interested. At least he’s not pulling a Howard

  5. flyindutchmn - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    People always seem to forget the other little piece of leverage Minnesota has, and that’s $30 million bucks.

    • jeffkx - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      Love wouldn’t be the first player to leave money on the table to sign with a different team.

  6. robigd - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    If you went to every playground in the country, what are the odds that you would see a little boy mention Kevin Love’s name before impersonating his favorite NBA star’s move?

  7. seasickcecil - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    The Cavs should not trade for Love because they can just sign him when he becomes a free agent.

    Fiction: This would be a dream scenario, but it’s improbable because of the salary cap. James is scheduled to make $21.5 million next season. The Cavs will have a decision to make on Tristan Thompson, who will either get a new extension (remember, he is represented by James’ agent Rich Paul) or will get a qualifying offer for one year at about $7.1 million. Irving’s max extension will kick in for the first year, and is expected to be around $18 million. Then there are decisions on the horizon with Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett, who both have team options in the summer.

    If the Cavs don’t trade for Love that means Wiggins stays put, and he will be making north of $5 million. That’s a lot of money the Cavs would have tied up. I don’t know this for sure, but I’m guessing Love, who will be 26 at the time, won’t be willing to play for the minimum.

  8. genericcommenter - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    I’m not Love’s biggest fan, but if they really shortchanged him on a deal because they preferred to invest in Rubio, that’s pretty terrible and insulting.

  9. seasickcecil - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    I feel bad for the Wolves. Their star player is leaving. The reported offers from Chicago and GS do nothing to lift them out of mediocrity. If they’re lucky enough to get Wiggins for a player who’s walking then it’s rebuild time. Flips a good guy but I don’t envy him.

  10. seasickcecil - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    New more of the same:

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